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Preview — The Brigade by Howard Blum
The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation & World War II
of three remarkable men and one woman
who set out to fight a war
and in the process help to create a nation
November, 1944. The war in Europe is drawing to a close when the British government finally agrees to send a brigade of five thousand Jewish volunteers from Palestine to Europe to fight the German army. Among these soldiers are Israel Carmi, a veteran...more
Blum's skill lies with his merging of both the Brigade's own history and the individual stories of three of its members. All of which is based on extensive and painstaking research of published and unpublished histories as w ...more
A small group of men post-war did two things: smuggled thousands and thousands of Jews out of Europe and into Palestine (soon to become Israel) and formed a death squad that would locate Nazis in hiding and then execute th ...more
"November 1944. The British government finally agrees to send a brigade of 5,000 Jewish volunteers from Palestine to Europe to fight the German army. But when the war ends and the soldiers witness firsthand the horrors their people have suffered in the concentration camps, the men launch a brutal and calculating campaign of vengeance, forming secret squads to identify, locate, and kill Nazi officers in hiding. Their own ferocity threatens to overw ...more
I did think that the writing style lacked somewhat. It was ...more
But there is a lot more to this book than just the fighting, there is also the story of how, after the end of the war, members of the Brigade saved thousands of displaced Jews from rotting and probably dying in displaced person camps.
I could not put this book down, and can't recommend it highly enough.
I found this book we researched and well written. Commendable work.