World War II: OSS Tragedy in Slovakia

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This is a dramatic account of the DAWES mission which the Office of Strategic Services ran in Slovakia in the fall of 1944. As the Slovak National Uprising raged, the Americans were caught in the middle. Forced to flee the rebel capital, the Americans evaded German patrols in the Prasiva Range in severe winter conditions. The day after Christmas, a German patrol surprised the main American Party and captured most of the personnel. Heinrich Himmler in Berlin ordered the prisoners sent to Mauthausen concentration camp where they were brutalized and then shot. Maria Gulovich, a Slovak school teacher who had joined the mission, luckily survived. General Bill Donovan brought her to the U.S. after the war and she became the first woman ever decorated at West Point.

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The U.S. State Department arranged to have this book translated into Slovak and published and distributed in Bratislava in August, 2004. The American embassy brought author Jim Downs to Slovakia to make personal appearances to "launch" the book. He personally presented copies of the Slovak edition to both the Slovak president and prime minister and made appearances of Slovak national television news stations. The rationale for publishing the book into Slovak was that the details of the mission the U.S. ran in Slovakia in 1944 were largely suppressed by the Communists. After the Velvet Revolution, the U.S. Government was eager to get information out about the sacrifices made by Americans during the historical 1944 Slovak National Uprising. This book is the most carefully researched account of the American involvement.

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The author is pleased that the book has received positive critical reviews in Slovakia by the media and military historians. The State Department reqjuires all personnel posted to Slovakia to be familiar with the information in the book. All Slovak-Americans also will find the dramatic story of brave men and women inspiring. The author made two trips to Slovakia and two research visits to the National Archives in writing this book.

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