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The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and WWII
de Howard Blum
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Novembre 1944, la guerra in Europa si avvicina a una svolta decisiva. Il governo britannico, dopo molte esitazioni autorizza la formazione di una brigata di cinquemila ebrei volontari da inviare in Europa a combattere l'esercito tedesco... (fonte: retro di copertina)
Novembre 1944, la guerra in Europa si avvicina a una svolta decisiva. Il governo britannico, dopo molte esitazioni autorizza la formazione di una brigata di cinquemila ebrei volontari da inviare in Europa a combattere l'esercito tedesco. (fonte: Google Books)
Riveting book about the Jewish Brigade, which fought at the end of WW II in the British Army in northern Italy and then spent a year in Europe post-war doing guard duty. But that's not the real story.
The Brigade had a different purpose, as planned by the Palestinian Yishuv (the Jewish leadership): they were to train and learn to fight, to prepare for the inevitable War of Independence which eventually came in 1947-48.
But these men didn't stop there- once in Europe, they found other, more pressing things to do: a campaign of vengeance against Nazis, a series of missions to rescue Jews from DP camps and smuggle them to Palestine, a plot to steal weapons and send them to the Yishuv. It's an amazing story.
The author focuses on three men, Arie Pinchuk, Yohanan Peltz, and Israel Carmi, along with Pinchuk's sister Leah, a Holocaust survivor trying to find her way to her brother and the Promised Land.
The book is highly readable, and the subject matter is really compelling. It reminds one that, whatever you think about Israel's current politics, its origin story is truly a man-made miracle.
È la fine del 1944 e il conflitto mondiale è ormai a una svolta decisiva. Il governo britannico dopo molte esitazioni autorizza la formazione di una brigata di cinquemila ebrei volontari da inviare in Europa a combattere l'esercito tedesco. Sono agguerriti, addestrati, hanno la stella di David cucita sulla manica dell'uniforme a dimostrazione che gli ebrei non sono soltanto vittime predestinate, ma che sanno rispondere colpo su colpo e vincere. La loro vera battaglia però comincia dopo la resa della Germania, quando alcuni di questi soldati si organizzano in squadre di giustizieri che danno la caccia e uccidono ufficiali nazisti entrati in clandestinità. La ferocia contro cui hanno lottato si impadronisce di loro e rischia di sopraffarli. Poi la furia vendicatrice si placa e subentra la consapevolezza che un'altra missione, più importante, li attende: radunare i tanti piccoli orfani scampati allo sterminio e mandarli in salvo in Palestina.
Artfully written account of the Jewish Brigade's history during the Second World War fighting as part of the British Eighth Army in the Italian campaign against the Germans towards the war's end. I found this to be a real page turner as the book's exciting episodes unfolded.
Blum's skill lies with his merging of both the Brigade's own history and the individual stories of three of its members. All of which is based on extensive and painstaking research of published and unpublished histories as well as interviews with the surviving protagonists. There are really 3 or 4 book's worth contained within the one volume as the Brigade's story only really gets going once the war comes to an end in May '45.
The central figures of Carmi and Peltz become deeply involved with the underground campaign to smuggle out Jewish war refugees and camp survivors against the wishes of the British authorities. The other main figure of Pinchuk meanwhile, sets off towards finding his lost sister Leah who he hasn't seen since leaving pre-war Poland for Palestine. Over the course of the book they all become involved in the people-smuggling as well as a fair share of gun running and acts of vengeance on those they hold responsible for the crimes of the Reich. Altogether a very exciting read, and very well written book of modern history.
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November 1944. The British government finally agrees to send a brigade of 5,000 Jewish volunteers from Palestine to Europe to fight the German army. But when the war ends and the soldiers witness firsthand the horrors their people have suffered in the concentration camps, the men launch a brutal and calculating campaign of vengeance, forming secret squads to identify, locate, and kill Nazi officers in hiding. Their own ferocity threatens to overwhelm them until a fortuitous encounter with an orphaned girl sets the men on a course of action--rescuing Jewish war orphans and transporting them to Palestine--that will not only change their lives but also help create a nation and forever alter the course of world history.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)940.54 — History and Geography Europe Europe 1918- Military History Of World War II
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