The Forgotten

The Forgotten

Canadian POWs, Escapers and Evaders in Europe, 1939-1945

Book - 2013
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True stories of Canadian servicemen, merchant mariners and civilians who survived imprisonment behind enemy lines during the Second World War.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781443404891
Branch Call Number: 940.5472092271 Gre
Characteristics: xii, 471 p. : ill., maps.


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rb3221 Aug 30, 2015

This is an accurate and often haunting picture of life in Germany's POW camps. These stories are their stories (with numerous quotes from these POW's), stories of men with incredible courage, many of whom suffered immensely and a very many who died. Some of the details are heart breaking and difficult to read, especially the numerous violations of the Geneva Convention.
It is somewhat difficult to follow any single story as Greenfield jumps back and forth through the book due to the structure that he has chosen.
However, in the final analysis, as Greenfield states these POW's "defended themselves daily against despair brought on by insults, violations of their Geneva rights, debilitating hunger and the misery of the Hunger marches" and "they should not be forgotten" and for that reason this is a book that should be read.

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