In the Shadow of the Swastika

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University of Illinois Press, Mar 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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He was known first as a Warsaw ghetto smuggler, then as Comandante Enrico. He traveled under false identity papers and worked at a German border patrol station. Throughout the years of the Holocaust, Hermann Wygoda lived a life of narrow escapes, unsavory masquerades, and battles that almost defy reason. In the Shadow of the Swastika tells the story of a Polish Jew whose harrowing wartime adventures reached their amazing end when he received the American Bronze Star from Gen. Mark Clark in June 1946. Wygoda kept a journal during the time he spent in the mountains of northern Italy, where he rose from commanding a platoon to leading a division of nearly twenty-five hundred partisans that ultimately liberated the city of Savona.
 

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Contents

First Days of the War
vii
Kossow
xviii
My Decision
xxi
My Brother Is Taken Again
9
Twice Arrested
14
Liquidation of the Sokolow Ghetto
22
Twice Saved by Intuition
26
Escape to Berlin
32
Arrested Once More
69
Recruited by the Partisans
84
Negotiations with a German Commander
102
Execution of a Nazi
110
We Liberate Savona
110
Finding a New Home
123
AFTERWORD
125
MEMORIAL FOR LEON PEREGAL
129

Back to Berlin
43
Three Times to the Rescue
52
Escape to Italy
58
ENRICO REMEMBERED
133
INDEX
135
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Hermann Wygoda was a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. He kept a journal of his experiences in the mountains of northern Italy. Mark Wygoda is a professor and head of the biology and health sciences department at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Michael Berenbaum, a prolific writer, lecturer, and teacher on the Holocaust, is a professor of Jewish studies and the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and he formerly served as president and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Los Angeles.

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