Krueger's Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19

Krueger's Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19

by Lawrence Malkin
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Krueger's Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit I was a bit unsure when I purchased this book. Now that I have read it I can't say I was blown away by it, nor did it put me off. The writing is admittedly dry and it reads very much like a textbook. But Malkin has compiled detailed information to give the reader as firm a grasp on the situation as possible. At the same time much of the human emotion so intrinsic to many WWII narratives does shine through the hardness of facts. Overall I would have to recommend this book to those people who are interested in this subject. Anyone looking for a compelling human narrative should probably look somewhere else.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
I liked 'Kruger's Men.' It is, first, well-written for a book of its type, with a solid, functional voice that gets the facts across. Likewise, the text is presented in a reasonably objective fashion, with minimal coloring or bias on the author's part (though, there were several instances where some comments were a bit less than professional). Content-wise, the book is pleasingly rich, being comprised of a comprehensive collection of historical sources, which the author does a fine job of synthesizing into a coherent, readable account of the Third Reich's Operation Bernhard. In this aspect alone, 'Krueger's Men' is a good, valuable read. However, what I found most interesting about the book was what lay between its lines. Namely, there's a compelling human drama woven through 'Krueger's Men,' as seen through the lens of WWII and its perilous circumstances (which, as is demonstrated especially well in this book, applies to the Nazi aggressors nearly as much as their victims, as seen in the social- and institutional brutality shown to one another, and their own respective fight for survival; though this context doesn't excuse the Nazi's actions, it does certainly help to understand them). Furthermore, the book is an excellent study in the deeper, hidden reality of things, that which lurks beneath the official record and the wholesome banners beneath which we so often conduct ourselves. In the story of Officer Krueger and his captive counterfeiters, with their subtle sabotages and intentionally overblown demands, we are shown the bigger, unspoken story of things, in which a fully logical, valid reason can lay behind seemingly illogical situations and behavior. In this way, the book goes a long way to helping one understand the true nature of the greater world, as applied to the many bureaucracies and veiled intentions that we are likely to encounter on any given day, where compartmentalized interests can overtly be working together while covertly working at cross purposes due to secret self-interest. Some real, practical wisdom in this lesson, for sure. All in all, I found 'Kruger's Men' to be as educational and enriching as it was entertaining (and, at times, heartfelt). My thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.