Between the Lines: A German Boy Raised in Nazi Times Who Returns to His Homeland As an American Soldier in World War II.

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9781587900082: Between the Lines: A German Boy Raised in Nazi Times Who Returns to His Homeland As an American Soldier in World War II.

The story of a German boy raised in Nazi times who returns to his homeland as an American soldier in World War II, passionately believing in the ideals of his adopted country. It includes high adventure in the alps working with partisans while rescuing Allied soldiers behind enemy lines. Later in Germany, he confiscated many important documents and took photos of the frightful tragedies that involved his native land. This story is told with personal feelings about the nature of war and the decisions that are made about it both individually and collectively.

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Tom Frazier is a Social Worker who spent his career in Child Welfare and Corrections. For the last 25 years he has been leading workshops and seminars with his wife, Delphine, on counseling and therapeutic methods. They have taught throughout the world including Croatia and Russia and most often in Germany where he has been particularly interested in the effects of World War II upon the third and fourth generations since then. He is currently working on a book to chronicle this experience in the postwar world.

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After retiring from social work in 1977, Frazier and his wife led counseling workshops throughout the world, including his native Germany, where they focused on WWII's long-lasting effects. Here, he combines his previously unpublished memoirs, written in 1944-45 and set aside for half a century, with his WWII-era letters to his mother. Frazier was born Ulrich Heinicke in 1921 and was raised in Berlin with a Jewish stepfather. He dropped out of the Hitler Youth movement as the Nazis gained power, and his family emigrated in 1937 to Portland, Ore., where he attended high school and college. After basic training in Wyoming in 1943, he was assigned to rescue Allied personnel caught behind German lines during the Normandy invasion. Later, Frazier's team worked with Italian partisans in the Alps, and in 1945 he retrieved important documents from German cities. Though his prose lacks flair, Frazier's story can nevertheless be compelling as it shifts between plodding diaristic details and harrowing descriptions of his wartime activities e.g., rescuing a man trapped for nine days in the snow or sniffing out hidden SS personnel files before their destruction. Along with a family tree and maps, more than 150 photographs have been culled from family albums and Frazier's own WWII snapshots, but unfortunately they are reproduced rather murkily.

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