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No government allied with, or occupied, by Germany, could withstand Hitler’s demands to give up their Jews for total extermination by the Nazis under the Final Solution. Well, that is not quite true, and that is the crux of Wily Fox. Little Bulgaria, allied with Hitler in World War II, did just that. This is the story of how King Boris III out maneuvered and outwitted Hitler and used Hitler’s own lies against him to protect Bulgaria’s Jews.
The life of King Boris holds its own fascination. Boris was fluent in many languages, including French, German, Italian, English, Turkish, Greek, and Russian. He was an expert in botany, zoology, and mechanical engines. He could repair most any vehicle and would often stop on the road to help a motorist with car trouble. He’d mingle with the common people, sometimes incognito. He had a natural curiosity and was friendly with everyone from all classes. The diminutive king, in exciting scenes, survived several assassination attempts by virtue of his own bravery and wiles. Hitler did not call him the Wily Fox for nothing!
When, at the height of World War II, the leaders of the Bulgarian church, the Metropolitans, and leaders of some political parties pressured the king to save Bulgaria’s Jews, it was obvious that Boris was not averse to doing so, although he had already surrendered the non-Bulgarian Jews from Trace and Macedonia, areas Hitler put under his control. Be a witness to the terrors the Jews experienced at being rounded up for shipment to the killing camps in Germany and Poland
But there were also many government leaders and officials who were Nazis themselves and each tried to outdo the other to do Hitler’s bidding to round up the Jews of Bulgaria and ship them to the German concentration camps for extermination. This is the story of how the church leaders, some politicians and some ordinary citizens, both physically and morally, and at the risk of their lives, thwarted the efforts of the Bulgarian Nazis in charge of rounding up the Jews.
However, all these efforts in Bulgaria would have come to naught if Boris could not continually put off Hitler’s demands to cough up his Jews. The story takes you, on several different occasions, into Hitler’s headquarters where the Fuhrer time and again confronts the Bulgarian king, who stands up to him, carefully explaining why he couldn’t release his Jews “just now” because they were needed for the war effort, actually building on Hitler’s own lies regarding the Jews and throwing back at him. Boris’ actions were not completely heroic, however, because he had to surrender to Hitler the 12,000 Jews in Trace and Macedonia to stave off having to surrender to the Nazis the 40,000 Jews in Bulgaria proper.
In a final confrontation scene, Hitler is unable to frighten the small king with his hysterics and finally appears to resort to ordering his minions to take the king’s life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012987778
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 220
File size: 792 KB

About the Author

Carl Steinhouse, a retired lawyer, was a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice for 15 years after which he went into private practice specializing in class actions, white-collar crime, and civil and criminal trials. In the early fifties, he served as an intelligence analyst in the Army Counterintelligence Corps.
Mr. Steinhouse was Vice Chairman of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and on the editorial boards of two Bureau of National Affairs publications. He also wrote and edited books on grand jury practice, criminal trial practice, and criminal juries and a frequent lecturer at ABA National Institutes and video courses on grand jury and criminal trial practice. He is a frequent contributor to the Naples Daily News writing about the humorous side of the law.
In the 80’s and 90’s he was active on an international level for the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, making several trips to Jerusalem and Helsinki on fact-finding missions and to the Soviet Union to aid Refusniks (those Jews the Soviets refused to let emigrate). A board member of the Cleveland Anti-Defamation League until 1999 and formerly on ADL’s National Legal Affairs and National Fact Finding Committees, he was active in ADL matters, including monitoring activities of hate groups.
Mr. Steinhouse, had lost family in German-occupied territory during World War II, and was personally affected by the Holocaust. He has published five books in his Holocaust series Wallenberg is Here!, Righteous and Courageous, Improbable Heroes, Barred, and Wily Fox. The books received rave reviews from Holocaust scholars and authors.
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