Surviving the Americans: The Continued Struggle of the Jews After Liberation

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Surviving the Americans tells the true story of how, after attending a liberation concert given by emaciated concentration camp survivors, two Jewish-American soldiers wrote a letter about the criminal neglect and anti-Semitism of American policy in occupied Europe. This letter turned into a crusade which saved untold numbers of lives when President Truman finally reversed US policy. An extraordinary autobiographical account by one of the letter-writers, Surviving the Americans is the first book to present the genocide by neglect suffered by Jews and other camp survivors at the hands of the Americans after the liberation, and the first as well to tell of the campaign that eventually saved many of them.

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ROBERT HILLIARD Is the author of some twenty books and hundreds of newspaper and periodical articles. As a soldier in the US Army, Hilliard received the Purple Heart, among other decorations. He lives in Massachussetts.

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This memoir by Hilliard, professor of mass communication at Emerson College in Boston, makes for haunting reading. In 1945, he was a U.S. Army private stationed with Eisenhower's forces in Germany. Himself a Jew, Hilliard was a horrified witness to the way concentration camp survivors were treated in camps now administered by U.S. troops and, with another private, wrote and distributed to Americans back home a document testifying to what he saw. According to the author, the survivors were subjected to anti-Semitism expressed by army officers as well as illness and starvation, because the rations and medicine allotted to them were stolen and sold on the black market. Hilliard also charges that former Nazis were permitted to head civilian governments and that they harassed Jewish refugees who came into their towns. Included are vivid descriptions of St. Ottilien, a hospital set up near Landsberg in Germany for survivors by survivors, where the only food available was smuggled in by sympathetic soldiers. Photos not seen by PW.
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