Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis

Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis

Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis

Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War against the Nazis

Synopsis

Peter Masters, born Peter Arany, was interned in Britain after fleeing his native Austria after the Anschluss. As a Jew he was recruited by the British and became a commando who fought courageously against the Wehrmacht during World War 2.

Excerpt

Of all the hundreds of veterans I've interviewed and the many more whose unpublished or oral history memoirs I've read, Peter Masters stands out as one of the best storytellers. He has a good sense of pace and timing, and of telling detail. I was with him among a group of D day veterans as he told his personal D day story--he had every man in the room leaning forward, wanting to know what happened next.

And of these hundreds of veterans I've interviewed, Peter Masters has one of the best stories to tell. the Jewish kid from Vienna, a pacifist, becomes a member of the elite British commandos, and contributes more than his fair share in combat to help destroy the Wehrmacht, and with it Hitler's Germany.

Combat is the most extreme experience a person can go through. Those of us who have never been in combat can only try to imagine it and can never fully comprehend it. Peter Masters takes us as close to combat as is possible to do in words. This is a classic account of what is was like to be front line infantry in World War II.

Stephen E. Ambrose

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