Protected by the Enemy: My life with the P.O.W.s!

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What is a war, Mama? asks eight-year-old Rachel on September 1, 1939. But her mother cannot answer such a weighty question. Many years later, a host of historians and politicians offer their opinions, explaining why World War II happened and what provoked it. Left to her own thoughts, Rachel tries to find out what the work war really means, and gradually discovers the bitter truth that a war causes hunger, deprivation and death. She also finds it a test of human strengths and frailties, including her own moral ...
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What is a war, Mama? asks eight-year-old Rachel on September 1, 1939. But her mother cannot answer such a weighty question. Many years later, a host of historians and politicians offer their opinions, explaining why World War II happened and what provoked it. Left to her own thoughts, Rachel tries to find out what the work war really means, and gradually discovers the bitter truth that a war causes hunger, deprivation and death. She also finds it a test of human strengths and frailties, including her own moral dilemma: the shunting aside of values carefully taught by her parents in order to survive. Rachel also observes the gallant, brave acts of men who refuse to abandon their personal values and beliefs, despite the political mandates of their countries. Rachel's father, especially, personifies these traits as he attempts to prepare his family for the horrors of war. Allied prisoners of war, fearful of being killed during the Allied invasion, strike a desperate bargain with Rachel's father. A French P.O.W. protects a German family from the Nazis. Americans occupy the town. Displaced people of all kinds become enforced neighbors. Sudden questions arise: Who is the real enemy? How do normal people react when cruelty goes beyond their level of tolerance? How do people deal with an enemy who suddenly becomes all too human? Whom can you trust in times of great peril? This is the story of a German girl, growing up rapidly admist the chaos of war, learning what really matters, and learning that life is not black and white but covered with many shades of gray.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781885003515
  • Publisher: Reed, Robert D. Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    compelling story

    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.

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