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Tomorrow will be better : surviving Nazi Germany

Author: Walter Meyer; Matt Valentine
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does a young German who has been a member of the Hitler Youth and has competed in Nazi-organized athletic competitions become, over the span of two years, an eighty-pound, tuberculosis-stricken concentration camp escapee?
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Walter Meyer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Meyer; Matt Valentine
ISBN: 0826212174 9780826212177
OCLC Number: 40489085
Description: xviii, 201 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS --
Prologue --
The old country --
From altar boy to inmate --
Solitary confinement --
The Holy Trinity and the blood brothers --
Will today be the day? --
A taste of freedom --
Coming home --
Last Rites --
New flags, new borders --
Leaving home --
The secret handshake --
Sailor and Artist --
Stowaway --
The new world.
Responsibility: Walter Meyer ; with the editorial assistance of Matt Valentine.

Abstract:

How does a young German who has been a member of the Hitler Youth and has competed in Nazi-organized athletic competitions become, over the span of two years, an eighty-pound, tuberculosis-stricken concentration camp escapee?

In this memoir, Walter Meyer leads readers from one harrowing moment to the next as he recounts his experiences during and after Hitler's reign. As a teenager, Meyer refused to conform to institutional rules. While serving in the Hitler Youth, he rebelled by joining a subversive group that focused its efforts on pranks against the youth organization. During World War II, Meyer was arrested, interrogated, and beaten for stealing shoes, but he received a sentence of one to four years, as opposed to the standard penalty for looting - death. His fiery spirit eventually landed him in a Nazi work camp. Forced to work under grueling conditions in a quarry, he struggled to reach his daily work quota so he could dine on watery broth and bits of bread.

In these subhuman conditions, Meyer developed tuberculosis. Knowing he would soon die in the camp, he again plotted his escape. This time he succeeded. Meyer then began a whirlwind odyssey, ducking into train cars and stowing away on ships, occasionally landing in jail for traveling without a passport - from France to Spain, Belgium to Holland, and finally to South America - in pursuit of something other than the aftermath of war. Meyer's memoir gives insight into the climate in Germany during World War II and in the defeated nation after the war. His experience as a non-Jewish survivor of the Nazi concentration camps provides an enlightening and varied perspective to the Holocaust dialogue.

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