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Posted November 30, 2000
NOVEL REVEALS TRUE STORY OF COOPERATION BETWEEN ALLIED PRISONERS AND GERMAN CIVILIANS As a young girl was growing up in Nazi Germany during World War II her family was warned about impending allied air attacks by French prisoners of war. The new nonfiction novel Protected By The Enemy reveals this true story of Annelore Meyer-Maack. During the war in early 1940, Hitler ordered French, Russian and Italian POWs to work in the heavy machinery factory owned by Maack¿s family. Somehow, perhaps from The Resistance, the French prisoners learned of the bombing raids that would be made at the factory. Knowing that bombs don¿t discriminate between friend or foe, the French convinced Maack¿s father to apply for a permit to build a bunker ¿ a request sure to arouse the suspicion of The Gestapo. In order to enable Herr Mayer to obtain such permission, and to keep his family alive in the process, the POW¿s began to feed him valuable information on allied plans, which he would then take to Berlin, at considerable risk to himself. The rest is a story of intrigue, a fight for survival amidst death and destruction, and of a bond that grew between one French prisoner and the adopted family he vowed to protect. Written by the woman who lived through these tumultuous events, Protected By The Enemy reveals horrors of war as seen through the eyes of a child. It is an examination of the nature of good and evil that may make us reevaluate our beliefs about who the enemy is and who our friends are.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.