Jack Boeki grew up in a Jewish family in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a city devastated by infamous German terror bombings and invasion in 1940. As the Nazi occupiers began hunting Dutch Jews for transportation to concentration camps, teenage Jack went into hiding. Like Houdini slipping a straight jacket, Jack managed to escape capture at every turn, even when Gestapo agents physically had their hands on him. Fleeing to France, Jack joined the underground Resistance and then the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA.
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