The Jew With The Iron Cross

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As a teenager, author Georg Rauch helped his mother protect the Jewish couples hidden in their Viennese attic. Officially classified as one-quarter Jewish, Rauch is drafted into Hitler¿s army and sent to fight for causes he detests. Rauch finds himself near death many times, but his talents as a shortwave radio operator, chef, and even harmonica player all play a role in his survival. Captured by the Russians in the autumn of 1944, Rauch faces brutality and near-fatal illness as a POW. Recruitment for Russian ...
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As a teenager, author Georg Rauch helped his mother protect the Jewish couples hidden in their Viennese attic. Officially classified as one-quarter Jewish, Rauch is drafted into Hitler¿s army and sent to fight for causes he detests. Rauch finds himself near death many times, but his talents as a shortwave radio operator, chef, and even harmonica player all play a role in his survival. Captured by the Russians in the autumn of 1944, Rauch faces brutality and near-fatal illness as a POW. Recruitment for Russian espionage saves his life this time, but his story isn¿t over yet.

Based on eighty letters sent home from the Russian trenches, The Jew with the Iron Cross is a riveting tale of paradox and survival during World War II.

¿A fascinating account of what it was like for a partial Jew to serve in the German military during World War II. Rauch¿s experiences and hardships dramatically depict the physical and emotional struggles of a 'Mischling¿ during the Third Reich.¿-Bryan Mark Rigg, author of Hitler¿s Jewish Soldiers

¿Not about combat tactics but about what it meant to be in an army at war. Rauch has put a human face on aspects of the war that are usually only referred to in passing.¿-Tom Houlihan, WWII cartographer

"With honesty and affection Georg Rauch tells of the love and respect between a mother and son as well as the nightmare experiences of a young soldier fighting and barely surviving a war he never wanted, understood or could justify." -Ellen Barone,Lake Chapala Review

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Bryan Mark Rigg
"A fascinating account of what it was like for a partial Jew to serve in the German military during World War II. Rauch’s experiences and hardships dramatically depict the physical and emotional struggles of a ‘Mischling’ during the Third Reich."
author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers
Ellen Barone
"With honesty and affection Georg Rauch tells of the love and respect between a mother and son as well as the nightmare experiences of a young soldier fighting and barely surviving a war he ³never wanted, understood or could justify."
Lake Chapala Review
Tom Houlihan
"Not about combat tactics but about what it meant to be in an army at war. Rauch has put a human face on aspects of the war that are usually only referred to in passing."
WWII cartographer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595379873
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    A remarkable story of survival on the Eastern Front

    By means of letters sent home and a linking narrative, this engrossing book tells the story of a young anti-war Viennese during World War II. Drafted into Hitler's army, he fought in the trenches and survived a harrowing series of near-death experiences as the Germans were routed fron Russia. Ironically, at one point he received the Iron Cross for bravery, despite his classification as a Jew (because he had a Jewish grandmother), and in contrast to the prejudice shown toward him in other ways. The writing is lively and the events are vividly described, making for good reading. At the end, I was amazed to think that through luck and quick-wittedness, he had managed to survive. I enjoyed the book tremendously and highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Fesselnd & Nahegehend.../ Riveting yet touching,

    Das Buch kommt mir sehr nahe, da ich 1943 auf die Welt kam, als mein Vater (Jg.1909), gleichfalls als Funker und sozusagen 'arbeitslos' in Norwegen stationiert war. Georg's Behandlung dieser schrecklichen Zeit sowie seine Briefe, die er so passend in die Erzaehlungen hineingewirkt hat, erwecken viele frueheren Emotionen. Ein sehr nahegehendes, gut geschriebenes Buch. This book has touched a big nerve in me, as I was born 1943 when my father (born 1909)was also enlisted as a radio-operator, stationed in Norway. Georg's treatment of those terrible times, including the correspondence with his parents at that time, awaken many earlier emotions. A touching, well-written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    Have read it twice

    This is the personal story of a reluctant soldier, who lost his youth but used his ingenuity to survive the war, experiencing a hardship that few of us have known. I was so impressed with the memoires of this ordinary man that I had to read it twice to fully understand the scope of his achievements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    A Jew in Hitler's army miraculously survives the Russian front!

    Austrian draftee Georg Rauch did so well in Hitler's army that he earned an assignment to officer school. When Rauch told his commanding office he had to decline because he was 1/4 Jewish, he was sent instead to spend the remaninder of the war at the Russian front, miraculously escaping death several times and surviving to become a prominent artist. A compelling story, beautifully told so grippingly dramatic that, when I opened it merely to get a feel for what it was like, I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. It is also a story subtly infused with the love and respect for each other of a son and his mother, and of their graceful and indomitable spirits triumphing through horrific times. The prose is supple and georgeous, thanks to the wondrous translation from the German by Rauch's American wife, Phyllis. A great story, compellingly told, and a very great treat to read.

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