MARTIN, Nikolaus Claude




Author Tags: War

"My uneventful existence as an irresponsible, fun-loving student changed literally overnight with the entry of Hitler's troops in Bohemia." -- Nikolaus Martin

Born in Bohemia in 1919, Nikolaus Claude Martin had a Czech mother and a German father. Raised in Prague, he spent the last year of World War II in prison under the invading Nazi regime. He worked as a journalist and fled to France after the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948. He immigrated to Canada in 1950, married a Canadian and became a Canadian citizen in 1955. They lived in the south of France. His wife died in 1994. He resettled in the Kootenays. His memoir entitled Prague Winter was initially published in Europe and then self-published in Canada (Trafford Publishing). It recalls the terror of the Nazi occupation of Prague and his time in the Small Fortress of Terezin (Theresienstadt), a political prison administered by the Prague Gestapo.

[BCBW 2004] "War" "Czech"