Frank Bret remembers the Gestapo officer, unyielding and proud, as if it were yesterday. It was the late 1930s, and Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi Germany.
“We plan to be here for 1,000 years,” the officer told him. And he and his men refused to give Bret — under compulsory service in the Czech air force — an exit visa.
When Bret fled to Poland, and then to France, seeking to be of military service, the German occupation followed him. He then made his way across Europe, arduous travel that included sleeping under bridges, getting arrested, and stealing away aboard a ship bound for Great Britain. Eventually, he became a bomber pilot for the British Royal Air Force. Read more about this inspiring story at ACCELERATEMED.ORG.
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