My Private War: Liberated Body, Captive Mind: A World War II POW's Journey

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The vivid and emotional story of one soldier’s heroic struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

1944: Norm Bussel finds himself bailing out of a burning B-17 bomber only months after his twentieth birthday. Touching down in a field outside Berlin, Norm was immediately seized by local farmhands, who were in the process of lynching him when a passing German soldier put a stop to the execution. For the next year, Norm would struggle to survive at the hands of the Nazis as a prisoner of war.

The rage and emotional turmoil he suffered during that year of suffering would follow him home, denying him the peace and stability he longed for. This is one soldier’s searing and honest story of his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. 4 b&w illustrations

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On April 29, 1944, Norman Bussel was shot down over Berlin and held prisoner at Stalag Luft. A year later, he was liberated by General Patton’s tank corps, but would spend the next several decades battling the crippling effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Bussel lives in upstate New York.

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Bussel, a B-17 crewman just turned 19, was shot down over Germany in the spring of 1944. He spent the rest of the war as a POW and returned home suffering from what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the cases of POWs, the major cause of PTSD was the helplessness of their situation, aggravated by privation. For Bussel, the costs of PTSD were alcoholism, a broken marriage, claustrophobia, and a constant struggle with nightmares. He fought back by becoming involved in organizations helping PTSD sufferers and eventually by writing this eloquent book, which is full of information and quite devoid of self-pity. It is hard to think of a better recent book on the POW experience from the inside, and it is also a notable addition to the PTSD literature for lay readers and helping professionals. --Roland Green

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