Sons at War: The True Story of Two Young Men Destined from Birth to Collide in Death

Sons at War: The True Story of Two Young Men Destined from Birth to Collide in Death

by Jane Sweetland


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In Jane Sweetland's family, there's a legend that her uncle Ted and a German pilot shot each other down in World War II. While investigating this, Sweetland unearthed a true story that was more fascinating than she had imagined.

Ted Sweetland and Joachim Müncheberg were born just six months apart-but half a world away: Ted in New Jersey; Joachim in West Prussia. The blond, blue-eyed boys could have been brothers. They played the same sports and childhood games and enjoyed many of the same privileges. Then Adolf Hitler came to power.

Spurred by patriotism, Ted and Joachim joined their respective nations' air forces. They were twenty-four years old when their stories ended in the skies over Tunisia.

In Sons at War, Sweetland writes with astonishing empathy for the man who killed her uncle. Joachim wasn't evil-he was a young man, not unlike Ted. Both learned the lessons their nation taught them.

In addition to telling an incredible story, Sons at War is a provocative read for modern readers in a world in which nationalism is on the rise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542617659
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Jane Sweetland holds degrees in American studies, counseling, education, and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has taught history and English and is the author of Washington Monthly's The Other College Guide.

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