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Blood and Candles - The Story of a World War II Infantryman (Paperback): Edward T. Richardson Blood and Candles - The Story of a World War II Infantryman (Paperback)
Edward T. Richardson
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In the author's words, taken from the preface:
"I went on active duty on the first day of July 1943, and was discharged in March 1946. Between those dates I experienced the frightening, the pathetic, the moving, the ridiculous, the funny and the unbelievable, all to a degree I would not have thought possible.
Just short of my twenty-second birthday I entered the Army a bookish, somewhat introverted person. For what happened then, read on."
A remarkable story of courage, resourcefulness, tragedy and humor, Blood and Candles is unlike any other account of World War II that has ever been published.
The author's combat duty lasted for seven months during which he served as a runner or scout, sometimes finding himself alone behind enemy lines. Once he was even captured by the Americans and was almost shot as a German spy posing as an American. How he got out of that jam and many others will keep the reader fascinated from cover to cover.
While the climax of the book describes some of the most intense combat of the war, in which almost everyone around him was killed or seriously wounded, the author's experiences during basic training and after the War, attending the Sorbonne under the auspices of the Army, are equally fascinating.

Canada En Noord-Brabant - Een Band Voor Altijd (English, Dutch, Paperback): J. A. F. M. Luijten Canada En Noord-Brabant - Een Band Voor Altijd (English, Dutch, Paperback)
J. A. F. M. Luijten
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DUTCH EDITION OF 9059110714. Dr Jan Luijten (1932), a neurologist and psychiatrist by profession, was living in Bergen op Zoom during the Second World War. He describes the battles of the Canadian forces for the liberation of the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant in this well documented and finely illustrated book. The author offers interesting new insights into the fighting and the decisions made by the Allied Commanders and their German counterparts.

Reluctant Witness - Memoirs from the Last Year of the European Air War 1944-45 (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Brian H. Mahoney Reluctant Witness - Memoirs from the Last Year of the European Air War 1944-45 (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Brian H. Mahoney
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The late James Mahoney went overseas in the spring of 1944 as the leader of one of the four bomb squadrons in a B-24 bomb group (the original 492nd) which endured extraordinary losses for 89 days of operation before being disbanded. The enduring mystery of why such an exceptionally well qualified and prepared group suffered so singularly is one of many significant themes he addresses in his 52 vignettes. Mahoney was reassigned to a bomb group with much better luck (the 467th), and finished the war as their Deputy Commander.
As both a 'man among men' and a recognized natural leader, he was positioned to note character and ability, and took it as his charge to develop both of these in the course of administering to the technical and demanding business of a combat organization comprising 3,000 souls.
Later in life, wanting to make sense of what he experienced and to record the terrific sacrifice of his peers, he distilled and organized his memories. Overcoming his natural reticence to show his hand emotionally, and fearful that grisly accounts might register as sensational horror instead of sobering lesson, he labored carefully to build for his readers a rich context for his 'war stories'.
These memoirs take the reader through the methodology and equipment of aviation and strategic bombing in the era before stand-off weaponry, when hundreds of planes at a time, each with ten-man crews, flew in unpressurized planes through flak and fighter filled skies for hours at a time at 40 degrees below zero, to bomb targets in Hitler-occupied Europe.
He introduces the reader to his acquaintances and friends, commanders and charges - a range of memorable rascals, unforgettableheroes, and ordinary mortals showing their true mettle and courage under dire circumstances.
Jim Mahoney's account of his 13 months in combat is an engaging mix of timeless morals and enduring humor. The big themes are laid out with common sense, while the practical joke, the stroke of genius, or personal quirk are offered as clear windows to the host of characters and their relationships. These certainly capture the fact and flavor of the daylight bombing campaign over northern Europe and make a contribution to the historical record, but they also transcend that specific time and place, drawing the readers in any era into human drama, played out in all of its variety in the pressure-cooker of wartime.
The son's contribution has been to document some of the more unusual aspects of his father's account, so that these can be received as more than just precious memoir - as contributions to the historical record.This has entailed many interviews, travel to remnants of his father's Rackheath and North Pickenham bases in East Anglia, and contemplation of the horrible effectiveness of aerial bombardment on several of the Mighty Eighth Air Force's 'ground zeros' in Germany.
Additionally, the son supplies the reader with a variety of material designed to make the dated technology of aviation in its 20th century adolescence more understandable, and to put into broader contexts the struggles to control European airspace and weaken the foe through costly strategic bombardment.Tables and an extensive WW II timeline give a framework for understanding American involvement and the role of air power. A comprehensive glossary of terms makes the aviation and military lingo clear, and hisbibliography will equip the motivated reader to delve deeper.
Photographs from 'then' and 'now' bring the reader along on the son's odyssey, retracing the father's steps and honoring the sacrifices of survivors and the fallen alike.
A foreword by Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF (Ret.), fighter leader in three wars and a WW II ace, adds important insight to the riddle of why survivors of grisly combat action are typically so tight-lipped about their experience.
Reluctant Witness is the combined effort of a pragmatic realist and a hardened optimist. This rich account of one witness's experience is offered to a general audience of conscientious citizens everywhere, with encouragements to never let their guard down and enable the tyrant, or ever despair of their ability, when committed to what is just and fair, to set things right. Widespread appreciation of the waste and senselessness of war impells practical efforts to 'wage peace'.

Reviews "These highly-detailed memoirs of the CO of the 788th Bomb Squadron, flying B-24 Liberators from Rackheath at much the same time as our very 'own' Crew 5294. The account was completed by Lt Col Mahoney's son, Brian H. Mahoney and is a fine testament to both man and era."
- as reviewed in Fly Past, Britain's Top-Selling Aviation Monthly
January 2002 edition

"At last, a book that tells what war in the air in WW II flying from England in American bombers was really like. Reluctant Witness is a brilliant and wholly appropriate title, describing as it does the brutality of war seen from very close quarters, in the cockpit and from the ground. James J. Mahoney saw death anddestruction all around him but the everlasting impression of the book is the wonderful detail and the vivid picture of incidents and events, some seemingly inconsequential at first, and the impact of war on ordinary men thrust into active service against an implacable foe. The descriptions and unfolding tales of the aerial endeavours of the 492nd and 467th Bomb Groups amid flak, fear, and fighters draws comparison with such writings as "I Saw Regensburg Destroyed." My particular favourites are 'Threes' and 'Ticket Punchers'. The first details the incredible coincidence/fate "call it what you will" that befell those with the 28-type Parachute. The latter tells of the sky pilots the chaplains, and the effect one had on the group when Al Shower tried to impose his strict discipline to remedy the soaring VD rate. Ironically, for a group that led in bombing accuracy and adhered to saluting and disciplinary regimes imposed by the iron will of the CO, the 467th led the tables in VD! The chapter explains why Shower's attempts to limit the spread were undermined. At the other end of the scale chapters such as Zero/Zero and Ferguson's Crew reveal starkly the grim and grisly reality behind bland statistics. The whole thrust of this book is directed towards man's inhumanity to man, not dull statistics and meaningless PR. We have both Messrs. James and Brian Mahoney to thank for the opportunity to enrich our understanding and education of the US Army Air Forces in WW2."
-Martin W. Bowman, renowned British author of over 60 military and aviation titles ----------------------------------

..."I just could not put your book down; you and father have written what I consider one of the finestrecords ever seen. Just finished it this morning and will start all over as I enjoyed it so much.We could almost feel your father in the room with us. Just wish we had talked with him a lot, lot more."
-David Hastings, Chair, Board of Governors of the Second Air Division Memorial Trust ----------------------------------

..." After two readings through of RELUCTANT WITNESS I find it to be an excellent accounting of that war and location. Of particular interest to me were the stories concerning events which occurred, there, following my rotation back to the States, such as hauling gas to Patton in France. Also extremely interisting are the management techniques used to develop 'Lead Crews' and other means and strategies which gave the 467th BG the best bombing record in the 8th at the war's end... Both authors can feel justly proud of the book!"
-Dick Bastien, an original 492nd co-pilot ----------------------------------

..." I received the book from Trafford a few days ago and have finished first reading. I have ordered one for a son in Austin, TX. I am now revisiting parts to refresh my memory. I was very surprised that JJM remembered me as our crew had no difficulty or real memorable times... I wish you great success with the book and thank for doing this thing for a lot of us survivors of the 492nd an 467th."
-Sgt. "Andy" Anderson, radio operator on the Carl Johnson crew ----------------------------------

..."I got a copy of Reluctant Witness. What an awesome book!! Just to be able to read your Dad's memories and memoirs plus your added analysis and info is incredible. I carry it around with me all the time in my briefcase bag and read through itboth at home and at work when I have time. Also find myself re-reading things again and again it's just so interesting!"
-Harry D. Greene, son of a 492nd BG veteran ----------------------------------

Son of Two Bloods (Paperback, New edition): Vincent L. Mendoza Son of Two Bloods (Paperback, New edition)
Vincent L. Mendoza
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When Vince Mendoza began to write his life story, he turned to his memory of visiting the deathbed of his great-grandmother, a Creek Indian who embodied the history and dauntless will of her people. The memory inspired both sorrow and boundless pride. "Son of Two Bloods," Mendoza's vibrant and candid account of his life, is full of such grief and rejoicing. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1947, Mendoza was the child of a Creek mother and a Mexican father. In this book he vividly portrays his Mexican and Indian relatives and his confusing, often painful, childhood interactions with the dominant white society. He left childhood behind when he was sent to Vietnam. There he found hatred, terror, and camaraderie in equal measures. On returning from Vietnam Mendoza faced professional, economic, and personal struggles but found consolation in love, family, and friendship. His moving account of his first wife's courageous, losing battle with cancer ends with renewal as Mendoza remarries and decides to explore his past, and his people, in writing. "Endure, then weep," he writes at last, "endure, and be rewarded, endure and rejoice, endure and learn."

The Vietnam Experience - A Concise Encyclopedia of American Literature, Songs, and Films (Hardcover, New): Kevin Hillstrom,... The Vietnam Experience - A Concise Encyclopedia of American Literature, Songs, and Films (Hardcover, New)
Kevin Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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The Vietnam War was one of the most painful and divisive events in American history. The conflict, which ultimately took the lives of 58,000 Americans and more than three million Vietnamese, became a subject of bitter and impassioned debate. The most dramatic--and frequently the most enduring--efforts to define and articulate America's ill-fated involvement in Vietnam emerged from popular culture. American journalists, novelists, playwrights, poets, songwriters, and filmmakers--many of them eyewitnesses--have created powerful, heartfelt works documenting their thoughts and beliefs about the war. By examining those works, this book provides readers with a fascinating resource that explores America's ongoing struggle to assess the war and its legacies.

This encyclopedia includes 44 essays, each providing detailed information on an important film, song, or literary work about Vietnam. Each essay provides insights into the Vietnam-era experiences and views of the work's primary creative force, historical background on issues or events addressed in the work, discussion of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the work, and sources for further information. This book also includes an appendix listing of more than 275 films, songs, and literary works dealing with the war.

World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources - A Handbook of Literature and Research (Hardcover,... World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, with General Sources - A Handbook of Literature and Research (Hardcover, New)
Loyd E. Lee; Edited by Robin Higham
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A broadly interdisciplinary work, this handbook discusses the best and most enduring literature related to the major topics and themes of World War II. Military historiography is treated in essays on the major theaters of military operations and the related themes of logistics and intelligence, while political and diplomatic history is covered in chapters on international relations, resistance movements, and collaboration. The volume analyzes themes of domestic history in essays on economic mobilization, the home fronts, and women in the military and civilian life. The book also covers the Holocaust.

This handbook approaches each topic from a global viewpoint rather than focusing on individual national communities. Except for nonprint material, the literature, research, and sources surveyed are primarily those available in English. The volume is aimed at both experts on the war and the general academic community and will also be useful to students and serious laymen interested in the war.

Justyna's Narrative (Paperback): Gusta Davidson Draenger Justyna's Narrative (Paperback)
Gusta Davidson Draenger; Volume editing by Eli Pfefferkorn; Introduction by Eli Pfefferkorn, David H. (Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic Studies Hirsch; Edited by David H. Hirsch; Translated by …
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Written during World War II, Justyna's Narrative is a compelling account of the Krakow Jewish resistance. From February through April 1943, Gusta Davidson Draenger (aka "Justyna") composed the narrative on scraps of paper smuggled into her prison cell. Between sessions of torture and interrogation at the hands of the Gestapo, she recorded the activities and spiritual aspirations of a clandestine group of young Jewish idealists who forged documents, acquired weapons, and committed acts of defiance against the Nazis.

OSS Agents in Hitler's Heartland - Destination Innsbruck (Hardcover, New): Gerald Schwab OSS Agents in Hitler's Heartland - Destination Innsbruck (Hardcover, New)
Gerald Schwab
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This book tells the history of one of the most successful OSS operations of World War II. Three OSS agents--two young immigrants, one from Germany, the other from Holland, and a former Austrian Wehrmacht officer--in the midst of winter make a night jump into the Austrian Alps, landing hip-deep in snow at 10,000 feet. William Casey--then an OSS official and later head of the CIA--called it by far the most successful of the operations mounted from the OSS base at Bari. Thanks to this intrepid threesome, rail and road communications between the Italian front and Germany were seriously hampered and the city of Innsbruck in the heart of the Nazi's vaunted stronghold called the National Redoubt, fell to American troops without a shot being fired.

Blessings - Transforming My Vietnam Experience (Paperback): Don Yost Blessings - Transforming My Vietnam Experience (Paperback)
Don Yost
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Vietnam veteran Don Yost explores the pain and rage of his experience as a correspondent near Mai Laid in 1968, transforming it through writing to a elegaic and powerful memoir, imbued with a significant message for our time.

My Struggle - English Translation of Mein Kamphf - Mein Kampt - Mein Kampf (Paperback): Adolf Hitler, James Murphy, Kamphf... My Struggle - English Translation of Mein Kamphf - Mein Kampt - Mein Kampf (Paperback)
Adolf Hitler, James Murphy, Kamphf English Kampt Mein Kampf
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As You Were (Paperback): Timothy Redmond As You Were (Paperback)
Timothy Redmond
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A freshly-minted prosecutor with the Brooklyn DA's Office, Tim Redmond thought he'd left his life as a Green Beret behind as he pulled into the World Trade Center train station on the morning of 9/11. Three months later he was back in Afghanistan with his old A-Team . . . gearing up for the fight of their lives! Follow this team of Special Forces on their raucous and heroic journey through the unimaginable horrors of war and their unique struggle to return to a home they can no longer make sense of. This is a book every single adult in America should read today

American Women in World War I - They Also Served (Paperback): Lettie Gavin American Women in World War I - They Also Served (Paperback)
Lettie Gavin
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Interweaving personal stories with historical photographs and background, this lively account documents the history of the more than 40,000 women who served in relief and military duty during World War I. Through personal interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, and memoirs, Lettie Gavin relates poignant stories of women's wartime experiences and provides a unique perspective on their progress in military service. American Women in World War I captures the spirit of these determined patriots and their times for every reader and will be of special interest to military, women's, and social historians.

Beyond the Firm (Paperback): George Dorling, Pete McKenna Beyond the Firm (Paperback)
George Dorling, Pete McKenna
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BEYOND THE FIRM as told by George Dorling to Pete McKenna. The true hardhitting frequently humorous and harrowing story of George Dorling. As a young scally in Liverpool George was a typical 80's soccer casual hooligan and member of the notorious Everton firm before he changed his life forever, following in his fathers footsteps, by joining the 2nd batallion the Parachute Regiment. George served fifteen years in the Paras including time in the Parachute Regiments own elite special forces group the Pathfinders. During his military career George saw action in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and Sierra Leone where he was part of the elte team of special forcres troops sent in to rescue a group of Irish Rangers captured and held hostage by the notorious criminal militia the West Side Boys.Currently living a much more sedate life in Blackpool, George takes the reader on an incredible roller coaster journey beyond the firm so lace up your boots, strap on your Bergen pack and join him on the march of a life time.

Red Road from Stalingrad - Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman (Hardcover, Revised and Revised ed.): Mansur Abdulin Red Road from Stalingrad - Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman (Hardcover, Revised and Revised ed.)
Mansur Abdulin; Edited by Artem Drabkin
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Mansur Abdulin fought in the front ranks of the Soviet infantry against the German invaders at Stalingrad, Kursk and on the banks of the Dnieper. This is his extraordinary story. His vivid inside view of a ruthless war on the Eastern Front gives a rare insight into the reality of the fighting and into the tactics and mentality of the Soviet army. In his own words, and with a remarkable clarity of recall, he describes what combat was like on the ground, face to face with a skilled, deadly and increasingly desperate enemy.

Never Call Me A Hero - A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway [Large Print] (Large print,... Never Call Me A Hero - A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway [Large Print] (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
N Jack Kleiss, Timothy Orr, Laura Orr
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National Bestseller - "An instant classic." --Dallas Morning News On the morning of June 4, 1942, high above the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway, Lt. (j.g.) "Dusty" Kleiss burst out of the clouds and piloted his SBD Dauntless into a near-vertical dive aimed at the heart of Japan's Imperial Navy, which six months earlier had ruthlessly struck Pearl Harbor. The greatest naval battle in history raged around him, its outcome hanging in the balance as the U.S. desperately searched for its first major victory of the Second World War. Then, in a matter of seconds, Dusty Kleiss's daring 20,000-foot dive helped forever alter the war's trajectory. Plummeting through the air at 240 knots amid blistering anti-aircraft fire, the twenty-six-year-old pilot from USS Enterprise's elite Scouting Squadron Six fixed on an invaluable target--the aircraft carrier Kaga, one of Japan's most important capital ships. He released three bombs at the last possible instant, then desperately pulled out of his gut-wrenching 9-g dive. As his plane leveled out just above the roiling Pacific Ocean, Dusty's perfectly placed bombs struck the carrier's deck, and Kaga erupted into an inferno from which it would never recover. Arriving safely back at Enterprise, Dusty was met with heartbreaking news: his best friend was missing and presumed dead along with two dozen of their fellow naval aviators. Unbowed, Dusty returned to the air that same afternoon and, remarkably, would fatally strike another enemy carrier, Hiryu. Two days later, his deadeye aim contributed to the destruction of a third Japanese warship, the cruiser Mikuma, thereby making Dusty the only pilot from either side to land hits on three different ships, all of which sank--losses that crippled the once-fearsome Japanese fleet. By battle's end, the humble young sailor from Kansas had earned his place in history--and yet he stayed silent for decades, living quietly with his children and his wife, Jean, whom he married less than a month after Midway. Now his extraordinary and long-awaited memoir, Never Call Me a Hero, tells the Navy Cross recipient's full story for the first time, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look at the "the decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" (New York Times)--and one man's essential role in helping secure its outcome. Dusty worked on this book for years with naval historians Timothy and Laura Orr, aiming to publish Never Call Me a Hero for Midway's seventy-fifth anniversary in June 2017. Sadly, as the book neared completion in 2016, Dusty Kleiss passed away at age 100, one of the last surviving dive-bomber pilots to have fought at Midway. And yet the publication of Never Call Me a Hero is a cause for celebration: these pages are Dusty's remarkable legacy, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the Battle of Midway, and an inspiring testimony to the brave men who fought, died, and shaped history during those four extraordinary days in June, seventy-five years ago.

Wings of Valor - Honoring America's Fighter Aces (Hardcover): Nick Del Calzo, Peter Collier Wings of Valor - Honoring America's Fighter Aces (Hardcover)
Nick Del Calzo, Peter Collier
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A hero's action is always extraordinary because it is so contrary to the basichuman instincts of self-preservation and survival. For the fighter ace, it is often"kill or be killed". The men whose images and stories are told in Wings of Valorreflect the courage and determination it takes to get no less than five "kills" inaerial combat and return from each mission alive. They distinguishedthemselves as Navy, Marines, U.S. Army Air Corps, and Air Force pilots who hadthe courage to pursue their enemy with aggression, agility, and precision. Tofly in combat is extremely dangerous. All fighter pilots, regardless of theirpersonal victory tallies, are deserving of great respect and credit for what theyendure. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact qualities that separate a good fighter pilotfrom a great fighter pilot. However, they consist of an indomitable inner spirit,a fierce determination to survive and succeed, with a measure of opportunityand luck added to the mix. Wings of Valor immortalizes eighty-two men fortheir bravery during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Their images andstories, collected on these pages, are as diverse as America itself. Today,these men assert that they are proud Americans who are caretakers offreedom. They have been to the edge and have lived to tell their story. At one time there were over 1,400 fighter aces. Because of the changingtechnology of war and the shifting nature of war itself, these men of Wings ofValor are considered the last of the traditional aces. This book honors thecontent of their character via formal photographs of these valiant men, the lastof their breed.

The Dogs of War - The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs (Paperback): Lisa Rogak The Dogs of War - The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs (Paperback)
Lisa Rogak
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Military working dogs gained widespread attention after one participated in the SEAL Team Six mission that led to Osama bin Laden's death. Before that, few civilians realized we had dogs serving in combat, let alone that they could parachute from up to 30,000 feet. And as astounding as that is, it's only one of the many things our four-legged soldiers can do.

In this book, Lisa Rogak shows the amazing range of jobs that military working dogs perform, such as explosives detection, patrol, and hunt for enemy combatants. Dogs have had a place in the military for decades, but their importance and our treatment of them has evolved over time. Rogak examines the training, equipment, and what it's like to serve with them on the front lines.

"The Dogs of War "also tells heart-warming stories of the deep connections that grow between dogs and their handlers. And Rogak recounts adventures both heroic and tragic of the courage and devotion that both human and canine soldiers have shown together on the battlefield.

An incredible story of a largely unseen but vital role that dogs play in our armed forces, "The Dogs of War "is a must-read for animal-lovers everywhere.

Hidden Children of the Holocaust - Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis (Paperback): Suzanne Vromen Hidden Children of the Holocaust - Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis (Paperback)
Suzanne Vromen
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In the terrifying summer of 1942 in Belgium, when the Nazis began the brutal roundup of Jewish families, parents searched desperately for safe haven for their children. As Suzanne Vromen reveals in Hidden Children of the Holocaust, these children found sanctuary with other families and schools--but especially in Roman Catholic convents and orphanages.
Vromen has interviewed not only those who were hidden as children, but also the Christian women who rescued them, and the nuns who gave the children shelter, all of whose voices are heard in this powerfully moving book. Indeed, here are numerous first-hand memoirs of life in a wartime convent--the secrecy, the humor, the admiration, the anger, the deprivation, the cruelty, and the kindness--all with the backdrop of the terror of the Nazi occupation. We read the stories of the women of the Resistance who risked their lives in placing Jewish children in the care of the Church, and of the Mothers Superior and nuns who sheltered these children and hid their identity from the authorities. Perhaps most riveting are the stories told by the children themselves--abruptly separated from distraught parents and given new names, the children were brought to the convents with a sense of urgency, sometimes under the cover of darkness. They were plunged into a new life, different from anything they had ever known, and expected to adapt seamlessly. Vromen shows that some adapted so well that they converted to Catholicism, at times to fit in amid the daily prayers and rituals, but often because the Church appealed to them. Vromen also examines their lives after the war, how they faced the devastating loss of parents to the Holocaust, struggled to regain their identities and sought to memorialize those who saved them.
This remarkable book offers an inspiring chronicle of the brave individuals who risked everything to protect innocent young strangers, as well as a riveting account of the "hidden children" who lived to tell their stories.

To Save a Life - STORIES OF HOLOCAUST RESCUE (Paperback, New Ed): Ellen Land-Weber To Save a Life - STORIES OF HOLOCAUST RESCUE (Paperback, New Ed)
Ellen Land-Weber
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The Holocaust takes on a riveting immediacy in these true stories of an everyday, understated heroism that saved thousands of Jews from annihilation at the hands of the Third Reich. Combining personal interviews with contemporary and vintage photographs, To Save a Life pairs the stories of a handful of rescuers with those of people they saved.

Ellen Land-Weber creates a moving, multidimensional picture of the evasive strategies and heartstopping close calls that filled the years of the Holocaust for both rescuers and rescued. In matter-of-fact tones, the rescuers describe how and why they put their lives on the line to protect Jews from the Nazis, committing daily acts of resistance that ranged from providing hiding places to procuring false passports and papers, from arranging for medical treatment to interceding with the Gestapo for Jews who had been arrested. The rescuees narrate their growing awareness of the tightening circle of Nazi terror, their experiences in hiding, often being shunted from one safehouse to another, and their hair's-breadth separation from friends and family who did not escape.

These stories of courage and risk, set in Holland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, represent a great many other stories of rescue that will never be documented. Rescuers came from every walk of life -- teachers, students, shopkeepers, factory workers, housewives, farmers -- and were quite unexceptional in most ways. However, by their heroic response to the extraordinary circumstances of Nazi control, these individuals helped reduce the devastation of the Holocaust, sometimes by a single person, sometimes more.

"On a certain day, I vanished from the earth", one of the rescuees recallsin To Save a Life. The human courage and determination that orchestrated the disappearance and consequent survival of these near victims of the Holocaust makes for gripping and inspiring reading.

And Life is Changed Forever - Holocaust Childhoods Remembered (Hardcover): Martin Ira Glassner, Robert Krell And Life is Changed Forever - Holocaust Childhoods Remembered (Hardcover)
Martin Ira Glassner, Robert Krell
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This distinctive volume contains twenty first-person narrative essays from Holocaust survivors who were children at the time of the atrocity. As children aged two to sixteen, these authors had different experiences than their adult counterparts and also had different outlooks in understanding the events that they survived. While most Holocaust memoirs focus on one individual or one country, ""And Life Is Changed Forever"" offers a varied collection of compelling reflections. The survivors come from Germany, Poland, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Italy, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia, and Czechoslovakia. All of the contributors escaped death, but they did so in myriad ways. Some children posed as Gentiles or were hidden by sympathizers, some went to concentration camps and survived slave labor, some escaped on the Kindertransports, and some were sent to endure hardships in a ""safe"" location such as Siberia or unoccupied France. While each essay is intensely personal, all speak to the universal horrors and the triumphs of all children who have survived persecution. ""And Life Is Changed Forever"" also focuses on what these children became - teachers, engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, librarians, parents, and grandparents - and explores the impact of the Holocaust on their later lives.

Pogue's War - Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian (Paperback, New edition): Forrest C. Pogue Pogue's War - Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian (Paperback, New edition)
Forrest C. Pogue; Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose; Preface by Franklin D. Anderson
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" With a foreword by Stephen Ambrose and a preface by Franklin D. Anderson Forrest Pogue (1912-1996) was undoubtedly one of the greatest World War II combat historians. Born and educated in Kentucky, he is perhaps best known for his definitive four-volume biography of General George C. Marshall. But, as Pogue's War makes clear, he was also a pioneer in the development of oral history in the twentieth century, as well as an impressive interviewer with an ability to relate to people at all levels, from the private in the trenches to the general carrying four stars. Pogue's War is drawn from Forrest Pogue's handwritten pocket notebooks, carried with him throughout the war, long regarded as unreadable because of his often atrocious handwriting. Pogue himself began expanding the diaries a few short years after the war, with the intent of eventual publication. At last this work is being published. Supplemented with carefully deciphered and transcribed selections from his diaries, the heart of the book is straight from the field. Much of the material has never before seen print. From D-Day to VE-Day, Pogue experienced and documented combat on the front lines, describing action on Omaha Beach, in the Huertgen Forest, and on other infamous fields of conflict. He not only graphically-yet also often poetically---recounts the extreme circumstances of battle, but he also notes his fellow soldiers' innermost thoughts, feelings, opinions, and attitudes about the cruelty of war. As a trained historian, Pogue describes how he went about his work and how the Army's history program functioned in the European Theater of Operations. His entries from his time at the history headquarters in Paris show the city in the early days after the liberation in a unique light. Pogue's War has an immediacy that much official history lacks, and is a remarkable addition to any World War II bookshelf. Franklin D. Anderson, Forrest Pogue's nephew by marriage, is a longtime educator. He lives in Princeton, Kentucky.

The Mighty Eighth in WWII - A Memoir (Paperback, New edition): J.Kemp McLaughlin The Mighty Eighth in WWII - A Memoir (Paperback, New edition)
J.Kemp McLaughlin
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On an early morning in the fall of 1942, Kemp McLaughlin's group set out for a raid on a French target. Immediately after dropping its bombs, McLaughlin's plane was hit. A huge fire burned a four-foot hole in his wing, his waist gunner bailed out, his radio operator was wounded, the plane lost all oxygen, and his pilot put on a parachute and sat on the escape hatch, waiting for the plane to explode. And this was only McLaughlin's first sortie. McLaughlin went on to pilot the mission command plane on the second raid against Schweinfurt, the largest air raid in history, which resulted in the destruction of 70 percent of German ball bearing production capability. McLaughlin also participated in the bombing of heavy water installations in Norway. The Mighty Eighth in WWII also includes the stories of downed pilots in France and Holland who traveled under the cover of night through the countryside, evading the Nazis who had seen their planes go down. As a group leader, McLaughlin was responsible for the planning and execution of air raids, forced to follow the directives of senior (and sometimes less informed) officers. His position as one of the managers of the massive sky trains allows him to provide unique insight into the work of maintenance and armament crews, preflight briefings, and off-duty activities of the airmen. No other memoir of World War II reveals so much about both the actual bombing runs against Nazi Germany and the management of personnel and material that made those airborne armadas possible.

American Option - And, Yes, I Almost Became an American (Paperback): Philip Morgan Cheek American Option - And, Yes, I Almost Became an American (Paperback)
Philip Morgan Cheek
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'There may be dark days ahead and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield. But, we can only do the right thing as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God. If, one and all, we keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand, then, with God's help, we shall prevail. May He bless and keep us all.' Those words, haltingly delivered by King George VI on 3 September 1939 and broadcast to the world, are still occasionally quoted in radio programs and newspaper or magazine articles. This is not a story for children in the Hans Christian Andersen mould. It is a 'story' worth the telling about children. How, as pawns, they may be rolled over in the mud of the political feeding frenzies of world leaders mad for power. And how a nation's future, its children, may be subverted; degraded; education disrupted; potential destroyed exposing fearful, wasteful aspects of postwar economic recovery. Threading through the events of one war, World War II, is a plain tale of a child evacuee escaping the London blitz - and perhaps worse, if the imminence of invasion by gloating shock troops of Nazi elite is taken into account. postwar writers. In that context, the story raises questions posed by history. The story's main title is chosen for two reasons. America no longer feels insecurely isolationist. Just less secure. In a world where national boundaries increasingly count for little more than lines on a map, its child population could also suffer evacuation to safer zones if a land war affected the country internally. For nothing now is beyond imagination in terms of terrorism in the name of culture, not a country. The second reason: As a child evacuee to America in a global political climate not unlike the present, the author chose an option. He would avoid the horrors which ultimately proved the lot of Europe's children had Britain not missed being overrun by a whisker. Winston Churchill hesitated over relinquishing British children to different cultures. Visiting New York three weeks after 'nine-eleven'; aware of the city's spontaneous official and citizen response among numbing scenes, was to return to the London blitz, to the 1940s - even the smell was there. This is a story about courage and a family's ultimate triumph.

Following the Greek Cross; or, Memories of the Sixth Army Corps (Paperback, New edition): Thomas W. Hyde Following the Greek Cross; or, Memories of the Sixth Army Corps (Paperback, New edition)
Thomas W. Hyde; Edited by Robert K. Krick, Gary W. Gallagher; Introduction by Eric J. Mink
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Rare recollections of combat and camaraderie from the Army of the Potomac. Thomas W. Hyde, a native of Maine who rose rapidly through the Union ranks and eventually received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Antietam, published his portrait of the Army of the Potomac in 1894. More than a mere personal remembrance, ""Following the Greek Cross"" tells the story of an illustrious army unit and offers rare glimpses into the Northern perspective on the war and its significance in U.S. history. One of the most cited - and most difficult to find - Union memoirs, this volume returns to print with an expanded edition featuring new information about the author, more than a dozen photographs, and a complete index. Hyde began his military career in 1861 as a major of the Seventh Maine Infantry Regiment. When that unit became part of the Sixth Corps of the massive Army of the Potomac, Hyde was promoted to a staff post. He served on the staffs of several prominent Union officers, including John Sedgwick and Horatio G. Wright, major generals who between them commanded the Sixth Corps in several important campaigns in the Virginia theater. Hyde's unit was also among those who followed General Lee's army into Pennsylvania and fought at Gettysburg. In his correspondence Hyde writes engagingly about the war, his fellow soldiers, strategy and tactics, and daily life in the Union forces. He elaborates on their motivation for fighting, the strength of their camaraderie, and their unflagging determination to preserve the Union. Eric J. Mink's new introduction provides fresh insights on Hyde's origins, perspectives, and postwar achievements, which include the establishment of one of North America's most important shipyards, in Hyde's hometown of Bath, Maine.

Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy - The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent (Paperback, New edition): Patrick... Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy - The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent (Paperback, New edition)
Patrick Dalzel-Job
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Very few men have a more exciting and dramatic story of their wartime activities to tell than Patrick Dalzel-Job. In 1940 using his special knowledge of North Norway's coast line he landed and moved over 10,000 Allied soldiers in local boats without the loss of a single life. Acting against specific orders he evacuated civilians from Narvik just before it was bombed - only the King of Norway's intervention halted his court martial. Thereafter his many adventures included spying on enemy shipping and operating behind the lines in France and Germany with Ian Fleming's special force unit '30AU'. As soon as he could, he returned to Norway to seek out the girl he had fallen in love with in 1940. After surviving more hazards, they were re-united, married and lived together in Scotland until her death.

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