Black Edelweiss: A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS
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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Review: Black EdelweissUser Review - Joseph Hirsch - Goodreads
I guess it's fortuitous that I'm writing this review on the day that GŁnter Grass died. In any event, this firsthand account of a soldier in the Waffen SS who fought the "good war" (that is, mainly ... Read full review
Review: Black EdelweissUser Review - Kevin - Goodreads
the book describes one Waffen-SS soldiers experience during the war with an attempt to separate the combat side of the SS from the larger SS. he makes the point that the combat units were just that ... Read full review