Captivity, Flight, And Survival In World War Ii

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Overview

A collection of prisoner of war and concentration camp survivor stories from some of the toughest World War II camps in Europe and the Pacific, this book details the daring escapes and highlights the fundamental aspects of human nature that made such heroic efforts possible. Levine takes a comprehensive approach, including evasion efforts by those fleeing before the enemy who never reached formal prisoner of war camps, as well as escapes from ghettoes and labor camps.

Levine pays particular attention to dramatic escapes by small boat. Many are not widely known, although some were made over vast distances or in fantastically difficult conditions from enemy-occupied areas. Accounts include attempts at freedom from both German and Japanese prisoner of war camps, stories that reveal much about the conditions prisoners endured. Some of these escapes are far more amazing than the famed Great Escape from Stalag Luft III. German and Austrian prisoners also recount their amazing flights from India to Tibet and Burma. This study challenges some ideas about behavior in extreme situations and casts interesting light on human nature.

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Recounts some of the great escapes of WWII and the dreadful conditions from which those escapes were made. Some of these stories have never been told before, and others have been described in obscure books printed in the 1940s and 1950s. Stories relate flight from enemy- controlled territory, escapes from Jewish ghettos and concentration camps, and escapes by small boats. Explores the psychology of escape and the conditions of imprisonment, and corrects misconceptions that have grown up around prisoner-of-war and concentration camps. Levine is an historian specializing in Russian history, international relations, and WWII. He has published many articles and books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275969554
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAN J. LEVINE, an historian specializing in Russian History, International Relations, and World War II, has published many articles about World War II and the Cold War.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Flight from the Enemy: Europe and the Mediterranean 1
2 Flight before the Enemy: Asia and the Pacific 37
3 Escapes from Prisoner of War Camps in Europe 81
4 Escapes from Prisoner of War Camps in Asia 137
5 Escape from the Kingdom of Death: Jewish Escapes in Occupied Europe 171
Notes 229
Bibliography of Published Sources 243
Index 249
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