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Sixth & I

The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II

Dec 10, 2009 • 7:00 pm ET
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In the decades since World War II, one question has arisen again and again: “Why didn’t the Jews fight back?” In The Enemy I Knew, author Steven Karras shows that not only did they fight back, many Jews also played key roles in bringing an end to the Nazis’ reign of terror.

Helping dispel the myth that the Jewish experience leading up to and during World War II was one solely of victimization, The Enemy I Knew contains twenty-seven, first-person narratives of courageous German and Austrian born Jews who fled the Nazis and, not long after finding safety in the U.S. and Great Britain, were inducted into the Allied Armed Forces to fight the countries of their birth. The Enemy I Knew is a tribute to the often overlooked men and women who risked everything to serve their new countries and help rid the world of an unparalleled human evil.