And the Money Went Over the Railing

How a Dutch Survivor from WW II Found a Future in the U.S.

by James Vanderpol



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/15/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781426923401
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781426941917

About the Book

In the autobiography And the Money Went Over the Railing, James Vanderpol chronicles his life experiences from his happy childhood growing up in a middle-class family in the Netherlands to the day the Nazi occupation began in Amsterdam—ultimately propelling fifteen-year-old Vanderpol into a world of terror and brutality that would last five years.

James Vanderpol shares a fascinating glimpse into a traumatic time in history when Hitler’s rampage forever changed the lives of innocent people around the world. From the cleaning maids who were hired by Germany to spy on the Dutch, to the children’s books that were rewritten to substitute Hitler for the book’s original hero, Vanderpol details how he and his other family members were considered undesirable Jews and slowly came to anticipate and recognize the threat of death, eventually building hiding places within the apartment and elsewhere in preparation of Gestapo raids. Despite several close calls, Vanderpol and his brother survived the war and emigrated to the United States in 1946 where Vanderpol would later enjoy a rewarding career as an accountant.

And the Money Went Over the Railing is a remarkable story about one young man’s bravery and inner strength during a horrifying era in history.

About the Author

James Vanderpol was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to the United States after World War II. After graduating from Rider College and earning his CPA, he worked for such companies as Coopers & Lybrand and Becton Dickinson. He resides in Plaistow, New Hampshire, with his wife, Carol, and cat, Oliver.