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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-05-26

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assuring support that would enable
their relatives to come to the United
States.
Contrasted to this relatively mild
involvement were the harrowing expe-
riences of one group of American Jews
who served in the United States Army
and who were taken prisoner by the
Germans.
Their story, hitherto unknown for
the most part, is presented in Roger
Cohen's Soldiers and

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expand his chilling chronicle so as to
demonstrate the bestial impact of the
Holocaust.
At the end of 1944, during the
Battle of the Bulge, a number of
American soldiers were taken prisoner.
The Jews among them were segregated
and in February 1945, 350 of them
were sent in boxcars to Berga in east-
ern Germany. Many members of this
group were not Jews but were selected
by the Nazis
Slaves: American POWs
because of their
Trapped by the Nazis'
Jewish sounding
Final Gamble (Knopf;
names, or because
$25.95) in horrifying and
they had been
heartbreaking detail. The
defiant or simply
Holocaust extended its
because they were
barbarous reach to mur-
unfortunate.
der many of them and to
In Berga, an
blight the lives of others
underground jet-
who must be numbered
fighter fuel facili-
among Holocaust sur-
ty was to be built
vivors.
by concentration
Cohen, a journalist for
camp prisoners,
the New York Times and
joined
by the 350
Anzer:can POWs
the International Herald
Americans. The
'flapped b. the Nazis' Final Ca
Tribune, interviewed
Germans regard-
some of these survivors
ed them equally
and did extensive research
as slave laborers
to produce this fascinat-
who were to
ing account of a practically unknown
work until they died.
episode in World War II.
When the Americans arrived, they
He also dug out the tragic story of a
saw that their emaciated fellow cap-
Hungarian Jew, Mordecai Hauer, who
tives were "reduced to skin and bone."
wound up in Berga, the same slave
Three weeks later, the Americans
labor camp where the American
began to die as dynamiting and dig-
Jewish captives were brutally abused.
ging in the tunnels filled their lungs
Interweaving his story with that of the with dust and slate. Added to this
American soldiers enables Cohen to
were vicious treatment by their cap-

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ased on Andrew Carroll's
three-year trip throughout
the United States and
around the world to more than 30
countries, Behind the
Lines (Scribner; $30)
features approximately
200 rare and previous-
ly unpublished war
letters written during
U.S. wars, beginning
with the American
Revolution and con-
tinuing up through
Operation Iraqi
Freedom.

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Like Carroll's previous New York
Times best-seller, War Letters, this
book is part of a larger mission to
preserve wartime correspondence
before these letters are lost or
thrown away. This look at warfare is
the first of its kind, containing per-
sonal letters (and e-
mails) of American
and foreign troops
and civilians.
Included is corre-
spondence by Jewish
writers, such as Lt.
Erma Meyers, who
describes to her par-
ents her Jewish wed-
ding in Australia
during World War II;

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