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Arnhem Lift: A German Jew in the Glider Pilot Regiment

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A tale of great heroism and tragic misjudgement, by an extraordinary man with an extraordinary story to tellOur huts had been locked and left just as they were when we left them on Monday morning. We took the keys, went in and sat down on our beds. The four of us looked round the hut. There were eighteen empty beds. It was very quiet now . . . Of the 10,000 men who landed at Arnhem, 1,400 were killed over nine days, and more than 6,000—about a third of them wounded—were captured. It was a bloody disaster. The remarkable Louis Hagen, an "enemy alien" who had escaped to England having been imprisoned and tortured in a Nazi concentration camp as a boy just a few years earlier, was one of the minority who made it back. What makes this book so unforgettable is not only the breathtaking drama of the story itself, it is the unmistakable talent of the writer. The narrative was first published anonymously in 1945. When 45 years later at a dinner party in Germany, Louis Hagen met Major Winrich Behr, Adjutant to Field Marshal Model at Arnhem, Louis added Behr's side of the story to add even more insight to the original work.

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