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Given up for dead : American GI's in the Nazi concentration camp at Berga

Author: Flint Whitlock
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During World War II, prisoners of war were required by the Geneva convention to be treated according to established rules of warfare. For the most part, the Nazis followed the rules. But in late 1944, when a large number of Americans were taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and elsewhere, their captors had different plans for those Americans who were Jewish or from some other "undesirable" ethnic or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Flint Whitlock
ISBN: 0813342880 9780813342887
OCLC Number: 68962788
Description: 1 volume : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Raw recruits --
Trial by fire --
The surprise --
Captive --
Bad times at Bad Orb --
Caught in a north wind --
Last train to Berga --
Berga --
The end of hope --
Totenmarsch --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Flint Whitlock.

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Chronicles the little-known story of Americans taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge and forced into slavery inside the Nazi concentration camp at Berga.  Read more...

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