JEWISH SOLDIER TRANSLATES FOR GERMAN POWS DURING WW II An American soldier dispatched to a detention center located in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies learns he is to head up a group of translators for German POWs, some of them dedicated Nazis. The soldier was Kurt Landsberger, a Jewish refugee, who three years prior had barely escaped the clutches of the very men with whom he now had to deal. Arriving at a virtually empty camp, still under construction, along with four other translators, Kurt soon realized that the Army had neglected to prepare the camp staff for the tasks they had to undertake. Faced with daring escape attempts and brutal prison beatings, the inadequately trained guards struggled to maintain order. As tensions rose, the unthinkable happened: two German POWs were shot dead and the unlucky American guard was put on trial. Kurt Landsberger has amassed an impressive collection of court records, letters, declassified documents and photographs to tell the story of this virtually unknown period in U.S. history.
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Kurt Landsberger is a columnist for a chain of New Jersey publications. Raised in Vienna, he fled to the United States when the Nazis marched into Austria and in his new country, was inducted into the U.S. Army. Kurt and his wife are involved in numerous Holocaust and environmental philanthropic activities. His first book, William Steinitz, Chess Champion, was recently reissued as a paperback.Review:
A window to the past through which we can view life in an unusual place where men learned to survive and ultimately, thrive, in unexpected ways. Both entertaining and informative, this is a book anyone who is interested in history will want to own. --Cosette Henritze, former publisher, The Chronicle-News, Trinidad, Colorado
Kurt Landsberger shares an incredible memoir of his experiences at a World War II German POW internment camp. Interweaving remembrances with photographs and newspaper clippings, this story chronicles an often overlooked and forgotten story. This read is sure to educate and enlighten our understanding of this period, and a role one individual played in that history. --William McKale, director, Fort Riley Cavalry Museum
The POW camps in the U.S. during World War II have long been ignored by historians, but now Mr. Landsberger s book has done much to correct this. An account of a prisoner-of-war camp that few works can match. --Lowell A. May, author of Camp Concordia: German POWs in the Midwest and co-author of Prisoners of War in Kansas, 1943-1946
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