Blum, Howard.


1st ed., 2001. X + 326 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. It was November 1944 before the British government finally agreed 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 of the Haganah underground who serves one army but remains loyal to another; Johanan Peltz, who dreams of returning home to Poland as a British officer; and Arie Pinchuk, a former student who has returned to Europe with his own secret agenda – to rescue his little sister, his last remaining family member. At the Senio River, Peltz leads the troops in a daring bayonet charge into the heart of the German line. When the savage hand-to-hand combat is finished, the men of the brigade emerge triumphant. At a time when Jews were being victimized, these soldiers show the world that a Jewish army can fight back, and win. But when the war ends and the soldiers witness first-hand the horrors their people 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 overwhelm them until a fortuitous encounter with an orphaned girl sets the men on a course of action – recruiting Jewish war orphans and transporting them to Palestine – that will not only change their lives but also forever alter the course of world history.

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