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This book begins as WWII nears its end. It reflects the author agonizing over having grown up in America and now being an enemy soldier with the dread of having to shoot at other soldiers in a different uniform, worn by someone who could have been a schoolmate or friend. It also tells of the degradation a vanquished soldier goes through in the hands of the victorBut more than this, it is a story of one man's passion for freedom, going to great lengths to seek it and finally succeeding. Along the way he is always just one step ahead of recapture, aided only by lady luck, planning and daring. He even sidesteps his escape route for a time to become a tour guide for Canadian R & R troops in Bordeaux and becomes enamored of a lady of the night.It is a story beginning on an island off the coast of France, running through cities such as Lorient, Nantes, Tour, Bordeaux, St. Jean de Luz, and the French/Spanish border towns of Hendaye and Irun, Pomplona, Mirand de Ebro, Bilbao, all of which he got to know. A story of French prison camps, Spanish prisons, and an internment camp he also got to know from the inside. All way stations on his continuous escape back to Germany in the summer of 1946.

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The author was born in Germany in 1922. In the midst of Germany's meltdown after WWI, his family immigrated, landing in New York City, where he became a product of the public school system, and graduated from high school.As a sickly child, he was taken in by a German church youth group, thereby strengthening his German cultural ties, and also was taught to love the outdoors and rugged sports. As a result, he grew into a healthy teenager with two loves: (1) A love for the great outdoors, and (2) Music, in particular song and voice.Consequently, his disparate early career choices were to either become a forest ranger, or to follow in his father's footsteps and become an opera singer.The opera singer won out, leading to a scholarship at the Berlin Conservatory of Music. In view of the fact that his parents, like so many immigrants of that time, did not take out US citizenship, he was still legally a German national when he left for Berlin half a year before the US entered the war. Shortly after his arrival in Germany, all institutions, including the conservatory, of higher or specialized faculties were shut down with the exception of medical and engineering colleges. Germany needed all the men it could drum up to fight the war. Students, now including FKT, teachers and professors of fighting age could now be conscripted into the Wehrmacht.Thus, rather than pursuing his studies, he put on a German soldier's uniform and saw action in the Crimea, the Caucasus, before the gates of Leningrad, and finally in France at the end of the war. In this book he tells of becoming a French prisoner of war, his attempts at escape, his failures and successes, after which he arrived in Spain only to be locked up again, and finally in breaking out one last time and escaping back to Germany.

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