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Bachner, James, MY DARKEST YEARS: Memoirs of a Survivor of Auschwitz, Warsaw and Dachau. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2007). 13 photographs, index, 228 pp.
~~~ Born in Berlin in 1922, James Bachner was a German Jew during the darkest days of the Third Reich. Once a happy child in a well-to-do German family, as the years passed Bachner faced first ridicule and persecution, then imprisonment and deprivation. Attributing his survival to a combination of strength and being in the right place at the right time, Bachnerís memoir is a poignant and often horrific account of Jewish struggles during the days of World War II.
~~~ Beginning with his idyllic childhood, Bachner expresses the range of emotions he experienced as the Nazis transformed his homeland into a nation where he and his fellow Jews were no longer welcome. He describes the volatile political atmosphere and the fears inspired in all Germans by tales of the concentration camps. In addition, he tells of the belief many Jews held that the West would step in and put an end to Hitlerís reign. The work then details the realities of life in a concentration camp. The end of the war, Bachnerís reunion with his remaining family members and his eventual relocation to America are also discussed.

$35.00



Boyle, Martin, YANKS DON'T CRY: A Marine's-Eye View of Four Heroic Years in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.



$25.00



[Bunker] Keith A. Barlow (ed), BUNKER'S WAR: The World War II Diary of Col. Paul D. Bunker. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Presidio) 309 pages.
~~~ "Powerful account of the tragic fall of the Philippines in 1942 and the horrors he and his fellow soldiers endured as prisoners of war of the Japanese, which ended in 1943 with his death from beriberi."
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$27.95



Chittenden, William Howard, FROM CHINA MARINE TO JAP POW: My 1,364 Day Journey through Hell. Inscribed by author.



$45.00




Holmes, Linda Goetz. UNJUST ENRICHMENT: How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American POWs. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Stackpole Books, 2001). Military Book Club edition. Photographs, drawings, document copies, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 202 pages.

$24.00



Mace, Frank R (Curley), THE STORY OF WAKE ISLAND, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER LIFE AS A PRISONER OF WAR OF THE JAPANESE.



$35.00




Nordin, Carl S. WE WERE NEXT TO NOTHING: An American POW's Account of Japanese Prison Camps and Deliverance in World War II. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2007). Photographs, maps index, 264 pp.
~~~ Born in Berlin in 1922, James Bachner was a German Jew during the darkest days of the Third Reich. Once a happy child in a well-to-do German family, as the years passed Bachner faced first ridicule and persecution, then imprisonment and deprivation. Attributing his survival to a combination of strength and being in the right place at the right time, Bachnerís memoir is a poignant and often horrific account of Jewish struggles during the days of World War II.
~~~ Beginning with his idyllic childhood, Bachner expresses the range of emotions he experienced as the Nazis transformed his homeland into a nation where he and his fellow Jews were no longer welcome. He describes the volatile political atmosphere and the fears inspired in all Germans by tales of the concentration camps. In addition, he tells of the belief many Jews held that the West would step in and put an end to Hitlerís reign. The work then details the realities of life in a concentration camp. The end of the war, Bachnerís reunion with his remaining family members and his eventual relocation to America are also discussed.

$35.00



Tanaka, Yuki. HIDDEN HORRORS: Japanese War Crimes in World War II. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Westview Press, 1996). Maps, photographs, notes, index, 267 pages. "This book documents for the first time previously hidden Japanese atrocities in WWII, including cannibalism; the slaughter and starvation of prisoners of war; the rape, enforced prostitution, and murder of noncombatants; and biological warfare experiments."

$30.00




Wright, John M., Jr., CAPTURED ON CORREGIDOR: Diary of an American POW in World War II. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009 [1988]). Maps, index, 191 pp.
~~~ This volume deals specifically with escape and evasion in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, an operation in which the author himself was directly involved, and discusses the role which these lines of escape played in the lives of airmen who were forced to bail out over enemy territory. He describes the ever-present risks the often nameless patriots faced, such as the danger of exposure and the threat of traitorous infiltration. Specific lines are traced geographically and their main participants discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women in this resistance operation. Throughout the book, the reader benefits not only from the authorís own personal recollections but also from his later on-location research. The final chapter concludes with statistical information directly related to this little known aspect of World War II. Appendices include lists of the airmen helped by the resistance movement.

$32.00










Beltrone, Art and Lee Beltrone, WARTIME LOG. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Howell Press, 1995). Illustrated, 208 pages.
~~~ "With watercolors extracted from food can labels and paintbrushes made from their own hair, downed WWII American airmen illustrated their experiences as prisoners of war, excerpts are collected here."
~~~ "Artwork and anecdotes from more than a dozen log books kept by U.S. Army Air Force pilots and crewmen held in German camps during WWII, they provide a unique look at how the prisoners entertained themselves and their fellow prisoners. Well illustrated, many in color."
~~~ From Library Journal: " Among supplies shipped via the International Red Cross to U.S. prisoners of war in Germany during World War II were blank books supplied by the YMCA with an inscription that read partly, 'This log book is really a gift from the folks at home.' Some of those former prisoners now return that gift by letting us see the thoughts and images they recorded at the time. What emerges is as vivid a picture of a POW's life as is possible after this past half-century. Reproduced here and supplemented with information from other sources about conditions and events in the camps are evocative drawings ranging from the simple to the professional and commentary that is sardonic, wistful, forlorn, or defiant -- all speaking the language of the hunger for freedom. Unexcelled in its recall of this aspect of the war."
~~~ Originally published at $34.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$50.00



Bodson, Herman, DOWNED ALLIED AIRMEN AND EVASION OF CAPTURE: The Role of Local Resistance Networks in World War II. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2005). Photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, appendices, index, 224 pp.
~~~ This volume deals specifically with escape and evasion in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, an operation in which the author himself was directly involved, and discusses the role which these lines of escape played in the lives of airmen who were forced to bail out over enemy territory. He describes the ever-present risks the often nameless patriots faced, such as the danger of exposure and the threat of traitorous infiltration. Specific lines are traced geographically and their main participants discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women in this resistance operation. Throughout the book, the reader benefits not only from the authorís own personal recollections but also from his later on-location research. The final chapter concludes with statistical information directly related to this little known aspect of World War II. Appendices include lists of the airmen helped by the resistance movement.

$35.00



Bowen, Robert M., FIGHTING WITH THE SCREAMING EAGLES: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001). Bibliography, Roll of Honor, 256 pages.
~~~ The final chapter of this account covers the author's incarceration at Stalag 10B at Bremervorde. He was wounded and captured just before Christmas, 1944, at Bastogne, and liberated 29 April 1945.
~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$30.00




Burgett, Donald R., BEYOND THE RHINE: A Screaming Eagle in Germany. NEW copy. (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2001). Maps, photographs, 169 pages.
~~~ "Donald R. Burgett and the rest of the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne had fought long and hard since the Normandy invasion. They fought through seventy-two days of continuous combat in Holland, and thirty days of frozen hell in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. War weary, tired, and bloodied, Burgett and other Screaming Eagles of A Company were heading for the last battle, the drive that would carry them through Alsace, Germany's Ruhr Valley, the Rhineland, Austria, and the end of the war in Europe. The last push across Germany did not hold the full-scale fanatic resistance the U.S. command had expected, but rather, small pockets of die-hard Nazis unwilling to admit that they had lost. It became clear why some did not wish to surrender. Burgett and the other American soldiers discovered forced labor camps of half-starved Poles, Russians, Czechs, and Jews; men, women, and children all forced to labor for the cause of Germany, or die. Burgett and his men liberated four Nazi concentration camps where inmates were starved, brutally and systematically tortured, medically and surgically experimented on, and finally gassed and cremated. Burgett writes: 'German guards were still forcing inmates to stoke the furnaces with human bodies as we tore through the barbed-wire enclosures. We witnessed atrocities that were beyond human comprehension.' The Americans fought on from the Black Forest in Bavaria, to Berchtesgaden, where VE day found the Screaming Eagles finally at rest in the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's fabled mountaintop retreat. Certainly now the hard charging paratroopers could return home to enjoy the fruits of their victory, bloodied but proud, to take up family life with loved ones in a world they fought to keep free. But the war against Japan still raged, however, and the 101st was one of two airborne divisions alerted for redeployment to the Pacific. August 1945 brought atomic relief to Burgett and millions more around the world with the surrender of Japan. On New Year's Eve, 1945, Sergeant Burgett finally returned to his home in Detroit, still just twenty years old."
~~~ Originally published at $24.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00



Chancellor, Henry, COLDITZ: The Untold Story of World War II's Great Escapes. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket; jacket in mylar protector. (NY: William Morrow / HarperCollins, 2001). First American Edition. Maps on end pages. Photographs, diagrams, List of Escape Attempts, List of Interviewees, notes, bibliography, index. 446 pages.
~~~ "Breathtaking and mesmerizing, Colditz is a gripping tale of perseverance, heroism, and adventure. Filled with the thrilling never-before-told personal stories of the prisoners of war held within the walls of this medieval fortress turned German high-security prison camp, Colditz offers endlessly intriguing stories of consummate survivors who proved the human spirit to be indomitable. In more than fifty original interviews, the English, French, Dutch, and Polish officers and their guards describe their experiences in the notorious castle. They reveal their boredom and frustrations, as well as the challenges inherent in making maps out of jelly or constructing tunnels with mere cutlery knives. The stories are by turns comic and tragic, as much of their labor and invention ended in failure. But what emerges is a story of breathtaking ingenuity and an intriguing portrait of the fascinating game of wits between captives and captors, who were bound together by mutual respect and extraordinary tolerance."
~~~ Hardcover originally published at $27.95, now OUT OF PRINT.


$35.00



click to enlarge Clutton-Brock, Oliver. FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME: RAF Bomber command Prisoners-of-War in Germany, 1939-1945. NEW copy, hardcover w/ dust-jacket. (Grub Street, 2003). 16 pages of black & white photographs, 7x10, 512 pages.
~~~ This extensive book is divided into two parts. The first, which has eighteen chapters, deals with German POW camps as they were opened, in chronological order and to which the Bomber Command POWs were sent. Each chapter includes anecdotes and stories of the men in the camps - capture, escape, illness, and murder - and illustrates the awfulness of captivity even in German hands. Roughly one in every twenty captured airmen never returned home.
~~~ The first part also covers subjects such as how the POWs were repatriated during the war; how they returned at war's end; the RAF traitors; the war crimes; and the vital importance of the Red Cross. The style is part reference, part gripping narrative, and the book will correct many historical inaccuracies, and includes previously unpublished photographs.
~~~ The second part comprises an annotated list of ALL 10,995 RAF Bomber Command airmen who were taken prisoner, together with an extended introduction.
~~~ The two parts together are the fruit of exhaustive research and provide an important contribution to our knowledge of the war and a unique reference work not only for the serious RAF historian but for the ex-POWs themselves and their families and anyone with an interest in the RAF in general and captivity in particular.

$64.95




Dwork, Deborah and Robert Jan van Pelt, AUSCHWITZ: 1270 to the Present. F/VG. Some minor flaws to jacket. (WW Norton & Company, 1996). First Edition. 7.5x10. Maps on end pages. Photographs, charts, diagram, plates, maps. Extensive notes, bibliography & index. 443 pages.

$30.00




Habe, Hans, A THOUSAND SHALL FALL: A Soldier's Story of the Battle Against Germany. VG/VG. Light chipping to jacket, and a 1/2" square hole in jacket on spine, not affecting picture or lettering. Jacket in mylar protector. Book clean and tight. Former owner's small ink signature on front flyleaf. (NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1941). Second Printing. 442 pages.
~~~ Author was born in Budapest in 1911, edited the Viennese newspaper 'Der Morgen' while only 21 years of age. He worked as a foreign correspondent and wrote two novels, one of which was burned by the Nazis, who also tried to murder him in Vienna in 1932. With the outbreak of war, Habe enlisted in the French 21st Infantry of Foreign Volunteers, and fought in engagements on the Belgian and Luxembourg frontiers. He was captured by the Germans near Charmes in the Vosges in late June, 1940, and interred in a prison camp at Dieuze, forty kilometers north of Nancy. By August of that year he had escaped and made his way into unoccupied France.
~~ A common title, but uncommon in dust jacket.


$35.00




Sacco, Jack, WHERE THE BIRDS NEVER SING: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Regan Books / Harper Collins, 2003) First Edition. With a Foreward by Bob Dole. Maps, photographs, 316 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Written in an unusual style by the son of a G.I., this episodic WWII chronicle covers the career of the author's father, Joe Sacco (no relation to the comics artist), from his induction into the U.S. Army and stateside training during 1943, overseas deployment to Great Britain in early 1944, and his experiences in combat and behind the lines at Normandy through the end of the war. The account of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, in late April 1945, comprises only one short chapter in the book. Although the narrative is first-person, the author's father is given neither co-authorship, nor "as told to" credit. This peculiar style limits the impact of some of the writing. "They say that war is comprised of one surreal moment after another, millions of them all strung together until nothing is real anymore except for one's own mortality"-loses some punch if linked back to "a director, writer, and composer living in Los Angeles," as this debut author is credited. Yet the extensive reconstructed (or invented?) dialogue is largely successful: Sacco's barracks life and period profanity make for one of the more accurate and compelling recreations of the G.I. experience in recent years. The book is particularly good on Sacco's first few days in the service, combat action in a small German city in March 1945, and on the liberation of Dachau, but readers expecting extensive tales of armed conflict will be disappointed. While not a classic among World War II memoirs, nor particularly historically significant, this odd duck quacks convincingly."
~~~ Hardcover originally published at $24.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00




Sirianni, Ralph E. with Patricia I. Brown. POW #3959: Memoir of a World War II Airman Shot Down Over Germany. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2006). Photos, appendices, index, 216 pp.
~~~ In January 1943, not long after his nineteenth birthday, Ralph Sirianni was drafted for active duty by the U.S. Army. Ordered to the European Theatre of Operations in February 1944, Sgt. Sirianni served as the right waist gunner on a B-17. On his seventh mission over Germany, the plane--severely damaged by German fighters--crashed near Wildeshausen. With shrapnel in his legs and shoulder, Sirianni bailed out, and he spent the following 15 months in the infamous Stalag Luft I prisoner of war camp.
~~~ This memoir offers harrowing stories of combat, including detailed descriptions of each of Sirianniís combat missions; reveals the horrors of confinement and the despair of skin-of-the-teeth survival; and remembers camaraderie in the face of German abuse. Valuable for its vivid account of aerial warfare and imprisonment, this memoir is also a story of postwar reconciliation, both psychological and social. Appendices offer excerpts from Sirianniís POW log book and pilot George McFallís firsthand account of the ill-fated final mission.

$35.00





Spiller, Harry (ed). PRISONERS OF NAZIS: Accounts by American POWs in World War II. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1998). Photos, appendices, index, 224 pp.
~~~ The Nazis called them Kriegsgefangen, a term that the prisoners of war shortened to "Kriegie." The nickname hid the reality for the nearly seven million POWs who were placed in the German camps during World War II. These men consistently faced food shortages, medical needs were often ignored, barracks were barely heated, and personal hygiene was nearly impossible.
~~~ Conditions depended on the soldiers who controlled the camp. Regular army guards might withhold clothing and food, but generally did not physically abuse the prisoners. The SS troops administered beatings, torture and murders. In this work, 19 POWs provide a vivid and often poignant look at their treatment by the Germans. The soldiers range from those captured in the D-Day invasion to B-17 crew members shot down during bombing raids.

$35.00





Warfield, Hania and Gaither, CALL US TO WITNESS: A Polish Chronicle. VG/Poor. (NY: Ziff Davis Publishing Co., 1945). First Edition. INSCRIBED & DATED BY BOTH AUTHORS. (Mrs. Alice L. Thomas, With best regards, Gaither P. Warfield, Hania Warfield, Rockville, Md, 1950). Jacket, protected by mylar, is in poor condition, with some pieces missing. Book is generally tight and clean, though with some tape marks on rear end pages. 434 pages.
~~~ "With poignancy and deep emotion, an American clergyman and his Polish-born wife, who were caught in the maw of war in Poland, give their account of everyday living under the German conquerors. As they became victims of Nazi brutality, their world of peace fell away precipitously. Overnight, life was pervaded with destruction and horror. Everybody suffered. And everybody resisted the Germans. ~~~ Dr. Warfield carried on his work as best he could between prison terms. Whether in or out of prison he jeopardized his life to aid both Jews and gentiles. He fled before the Germans with the population of Warsaw and was machine-gunned on roads and in cattle cars. He was caught by the Russians in their invasion of eastern Poland and was carried by truck into the Soviet Union, where he was imprisoned. He was exchanged by the Russians to the Germans while they were yet allies. Weakened by cold and hunger, he was released by the Germans because he had become too weak to work. On the declaration of war by Germany against the United States, he was interned by the Gestapo, on orders from Berlin, in Pawiak prison in the Warsaw ghetto. ~~~ For three years the Warfields -- along with the Poles and Jews (this distinction was made by the Germans) -- suffered hunger, cold, humiliation, and abuse. They were witnesses of death by firing squads, by starvation, by freezing; witnesses of looting and hundred-fold reprisals. They devoted themselves to helping the men and women who came to them bloody and hungry and dazed. They kept right on doing the almost impossible until their return to America as exchange prisoners on the Swedish S.S. Drottninghold. ~~~ Because Dr. Warfield was head of the American Colony in Warsaw as well as head of the Methodist Church, and because his Polish wife was an accomplished linguist, these two had unparalleled vantage points from which to view the whole whirlpool of tragic events in Poland. After he was interned, Mrs. Warfield mediated between the Americans and the Gestapo. ~~~ Call Us To Witness leaves the reader with the feeling that there is no limit to human endurance when freedom is the goal. The Warfields' story, told now by oine, now by the other, will stand as a historical document against force and national aggression, against the German oppressor, against any oppressor. It should be read by all who are concerned for justice in the postwar world."


$75.00









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