English, Department of


Date of this Version

Fall 11-29-2011


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: November, 2011

Copyright (c) 2011 Devin T. Murphy


The Dutch Smuggler’s Story, is a novel about Jacob Jonker, a Sea Captain, whose secret, early life comes to light in the wake of his arrest for human trafficking. Jacob grew up in a fishing family in Holland, and was conscripted into the German Navy as a teenager in 1943. Due to his seafaring ability, he was used as a test dummy for a new Nazi weapon, a one person midget submarine. When Jacob has success as a midget sub operator, he is bestowed The Knight’s Cross by the Germans as a propaganda ploy to lore more Dutch youth into the German service. This escalates a full scale crisis of identity, and ultimately his fleeing on foot through occupied Europe in the winter.

Advisor: Jonis Agee

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