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The Jew with the Iron Cross: A Record of Survival in WWII Russia

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As a teenager, author Georg Rauch helped his mother protect the Jewish couples hidden in their Viennese attic. Officially classified as one-quarter ... Show synopsis

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lindoyquerido

The Ultimate Survivor

by lindoyquerido on Apr 10, 2007

Yes, I'll confess. I am the author's widow and the translator of this book. I am also a professional librarian who has read many thousands of books over my lifetime. In the course of translating The Jew with the Iron Cross from Georg's original German, and through the many editings that followed, I read the book at least 10 times from cover to cover. And I never could read it without being pulled in once again to this fascinating story of the most charismatic man I've ever known. The only man, I always claimed, that I would be marooned on a desert island with. Why? Because I was certain that as he did, in this book, at only 18 years old, he would once again use his amazing wits, invent something, discover food, or end up saving our lives through sheer luck! Each time I have read the book I have laughed once again at his antics, marveled at his genius each time he found a way to escape certain death, and cried at the end as he finally found his way home. Georg was not a professional writer, but rather a great artist. This is the memoir of a terrible war, on the worst front, seen through the eyes of an artist and, above all, the memories of a survivor!! No one who has read it has failed to be moved and most claim it would make an amazing movie.

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