Black Edelweiss: A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS

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Aberjona Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 206 pages
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When a 20-year old Waffen-SS veteran of two years' combat against the Soviets and Americans is confronted with the awful, undeniable truth of the Holocaust, he must reconcile it with his pride in his comrades' battlefield sacrifices. The author served in SS Mountain Infantry Regiment 11 Reinhard Heydrich, part of 6th SS Mountain Division Nord. The book is mostly an account of his extensive combat service against the Soviets in northern Karelia and Finland, with a shorter section describing combat against the Americans in the Vosges and in the Saar-Moselle triangle. Voss reflects on the totality of his wartime experiences, from the origins of his reasons for enlisting in the Waffen-SS to his experiences in US captivity. The result is a compelling and honest account.

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Black Edelweiss doesn't appear on many lists of "great WWII memoirs." The main reason for this, I suppose, is that those books are usually rated on the quantity of blood'n'guts, and Johann Voss isn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Clancy - Goodreads

Interesting account of a young, aristocratic German youth who served in the Waffen SS during WWII - fighting in Finland and then the Western Front during the last stages of WWII. He was a prisoner of ... Read full review


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