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Given Up for Dead: American GI's in the Nazi Concentration Camp at Berga

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In December 1944, the Ardennes Forest on the German-Belgium border was considered a "quiet" zone where new American divisions, fresh from the States, came to get acclimated to "life at the front." No one in Allied headquarters knew that the Ardennes had been personally selected by Hitler to be the soft point through which over 250,000 men and hundreds of Panzers would plun ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Basic Books (first published March 21st 2005)
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Bernie Weisz
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review Written By Bernie Weisz, Historian, Pembroke Pines, Florida April 15, 2011 Contact: Title of Review: U.S. POWS In A Nazi Concentration Camp:Described As a Million Dollar Experience Not Repeatable If Offered 2 Million!
Flint Whitlock has done it again! After reading and reviewing "Internal Conflicts" I was glad that the conclusion of that book was based on historical fiction. Quite the contrary, I was horrified that the contents of this book are very real and lurid, with su
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-must-read
I first saw a PBS program based on this book. As much as I've read about the Holocaust and all those souls lost in the concentration camps I never thought about America's POW's lost. I'm sure this story only touches the tip of the iceberg on their time spent in the concentration camp to the death march and finally liberation.

The way it follows the individuals from before enlisting, to going to war, and then becoming POW's really gives you a complete picture. I also liked that it completed the s
Catherine Burton
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enlightening and upsetting book of the atrocities our American POWs in WWII suffered at the hands of the Germans.
Even more upsetting was the fact they were not given the chance to face their war criminals and abusers when the Germans were charged with war crimes. Unbelievable.
It is difficult for me to comprehend how our GI's survived and lived such amazing, productive lives following what they were subjected to at Berga.
Highly recommend this book as a must read for our young people coming up s
Sheri S.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I appreciated this tribute to American POW's whose stories have not been told. Like others, these men should have been protected by the Geneva Convention, however, the rules of the Convention were not observed by their German captors. I admire the courage and bravery of these men to persevere through adversity. And, it is appalling to learn of the testimony of their captors in court and the leniency shown them. These former POW's transitioned back into society and made positive contributions to ...more
Phylisha Stone
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual type of reading material, but it's good to change it up sometimes. This is a true WWII story about POW held at the worst Nazi concenttation camp (Berga). This book is not for the faint of heart. It details the horrifice treatment the POW's experienced. The title says it all. It took me several days to read it. ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have so much respect for these POWs ! What a horrible experience to live through. I wish I could make it up to them. I will make sure my kids know these stories and cherish our freedom. I typically read the Jewish survivor stories, so this was different. All the military talk was hard for me to get through. But, it's worth it. I feel we owe it to our vets to hear their stories. ...more
Zander Bean
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good, I enjoyed all the facts and how well the details were said. I really like these war books, all the ones that I have read lately. This book was great and will definitely recommend
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting story. American GIs taken prisoner in the last 6 months of the war. Destined for slave labor they started dying at an alarming rate. Liberated in the last days of the war there story laid mostly untold. The author lets the survivors tell their stories but never asserts enough of a point of few to stir the reader.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii, history
Decent book, about American troops captured in Germany pretty much right after they got there. The beginning is very good, but the end its lumpy and doesn't flow very well. There are so many people he is talking about and then he starts throwing them all together without much flow. It was just a bit choppy. It had a potential to be a great story though. ...more
Tom Dunn
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very well written story showing man's inhumanity to his fellow man. It's a story of survival in the face of great diversity. It's a story of man's will to survive. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in WWII history.A very praise worthy book. ...more
Charity U
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-history
Admit it: how much do you know about American POWs in Germany? I'll confess...POWs had never even entered my mind until I picked up this book. It's a very interesting book and taught me much about them! Recommended. ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Good book and I learned a ton. Just not one you breeze through. (Full of research and documentation) About American GIs who were captured by the Nazis. The Jewish ones were separated out and put in a concentration camp. All near the end of WWII.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
couldnt hold my interest
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Upsetting! I bet a lot of Americans don't even know that there were GI's in concentration camps. Awful that they weren't allowed to testify at Nuremberg Trials. ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent account of POW's in WWII. ...more
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As an art major, Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in Advertising Design, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age—fueled by his father, James, who served with the famed 10th Mountain Division in World War II. Flint also had an uncle who was a military policeman with the 1st Infantry Division ...more

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