In the Shadow of the Swastika

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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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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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"Wygoda's memoir supplies fresh evidence concerning the lives of the Jews who passed as Gentiles during the Holocaust. Highly recommended."—Choice "This vivid memoir . . . is a testament to the courage of an extraordinary man."--Booklist

 

"The courage and altruism of Hermann Wygoda place him in the pantheon of inspirational Jewish heroes of the Holocaust."--American Jewish Congress Monthly "How does a Polish Jew become an Italian hero? The story of Hermann Wygoda, who fought Nazis as the commander of an Italian partisan brigade, would read as a fanciful tale had it not been documented by scores of independent sources."--Jerusalem Post

 

"An almost unbelievable story of courage and opportunity. Wygoda shows us a side of the Holocaust years we seldom get to see."--Reform Judaism

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