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Even Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize profitable survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, struggles with the question:  Why didn’t the Jews struggle back?  and at last, in view of the circumstances--even now, who could think what was once happening?--he concludes that the query is “not why the entire Jews didn't struggle, yet how do a lot of them DID.  Tormented, crushed, starved, the place did they locate the strength--spiritual and physical--to resist?”  in reality, over 10,000 German Jews—34 percentage of the refugee inhabitants among the a while of eighteen and forty—fought within the allied armies of worldwide struggle II. 

This booklet honors these European-born Jewish wrestle veterans of global conflict II--refugees from the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria who confronted their persecutors by means of becoming a member of the Allied Forces in a struggle opposed to the rustic in their birth.  those twenty-seven interviews take readers into the original and harrowing adventure of German and Austrian Jews who served as Allied squaddies in North Africa and Europe--brave males and one girl whose carrier restored a feeling of dignity and allowed them to upward push above their former victimization by the hands of Nazi oppressors.  All burned with anger on the Germans who had subjected them, usually as youngsters, to cruelty in daily life of their hometowns, and to ridicule within the nationwide media.  As squaddies who knew the language and psychology of the enemy larger than any in their comrades, they struck again with new-found delight opposed to the rampant injustice that had annihilated their households, destroyed their customers, and subjected a lot of them to the worst sorts of actual abuse, either random and terrifying.  In The Enemy I Knew they inform their tales, and the area is richer for his or her heroic acts, and for his or her testimony.

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France was the closest main enemy and Czechoslovakia the closest minor one. The sequence of wars would therefore be Czechoslo­ vakia first, France second, then the drive East, and thereafter elsewhere. In the decade 1924-34 Hitler had thought that a war with England could be postponed until after the one with Russia, but events early in his rule disabused him of this illusion; and by 1935 he was convinced of the opposite and making preparations accordingly. But belief in the necessity for a series of new wars immediately raised the memory of the last, and it is in this regard that Hitler's deductions from that conflict become significant.

The governments and peoples of the post-war era were not only pre­ occupied with the real and imagined defects of the peace settlement but also by what they thought were the lessons of the war. There was a great deal of discussion and concern about the causes of the Great War, primarily because it was seen as a horrendous disaster whose causes and origins ought to be examined from the perspective of avoiding any repetition. If military leaders are often castigated for preparing to fight * Recent work on reparations by such scholars as Sally Marks, Stephen Schuker, and Mark Trachtenberg has begun to displace the traditional picture.

The British, threatened like Russia in both East Asia and Europe, concentrated their attention, like the Russians and later the Americans, on what was perceived as the more dangerous threat in Europe. While beginning to rearm, their belief that a war anywhere would eventually involve them led the London government to try for local peaceful solu­ tions of specific issues or, as an alternative procedure capable of simul­ taneous implementation, to secure a general settlement with Germany in which economic and colonial concessions would be exchanged for German acceptance of the essentials of the status quo in Central and Eastern Europe.

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