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Churchill's German Army

Churchill's German Army [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fry
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Presents the story of the 10,000 Germans and Austrians who fled Nazi persecution and joined the British forces in their fight against Hitler during the Second World War. This title documents the stories of those who fought for King and adopted country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2473 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH9BA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Historian Helen Fry has written extensively on WWII with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans & Austrians who fought for Britain in the war. The most popular is her "Churchill's German Army", now available on Amazon as an e-book and the subject of a documentary by National Geographic Channel. Her WWII books continue to receive unprecedented ongoing media coverage in the national and international Press. Her most recent publication "The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis" was a feature article on the BBC website, and Helen was interviewed with 2 surviving secret listeners on the BBC's One Show. The subject is a documentary for Channel 4 entitled "Spying on Hitler's Army".

Helen's book "Music & Men: the Life and Loves of Harriet Cohen" has been optioned for film with first draft Screenplay completed. It encapsulates the life of a stunningly beautiful and vivacious pianist whose impact and legacy on the music world was far-reaching in her day. It charts Harriet Cohen's colourful private life with a network of famous friends and lovers: literary, political and music figures, including Elgar, George Bernard Shaw, Vaughan Williams, Einstein, and HG Wells. Helen has been interviewed about it on Radio 4's Women's Hour (18 Sept 2008), and Radio 3 (28 Feb 2009).

Her WWII book "Inside Nuremberg Prison" tells the moving personal story of a veteran who is the last surviving witness to the Nazi interviews in Nuremberg at the end of WW2. This is the story of a man who, despite his own personal suffering at the hands of the Nazis, showed great dignity whilst in daily contact with the top Nazi leaders who were behind bars in the prison during the Nuremberg Trial.

Helen's book "From Dachau to D-Day" (2009) was given full-page feature articles in The Independent, and The Weekly News. Helen's highly acclaimed paper back book "Churchill's German Army" has received national and international coverage in the major newspapers. It was the subject of an 8-page special article with photographs in Military Illustrated (Dec 2008). The book was a sequel to "Jews in North Devon during the Second World War" (2005) which was awarded Devon Book of the Year and the subject of a documentary for BBC South-west.

Early in 2009 "Freuds' War" came out - a biography of the Freud line from Sigmund through his son Martin to grandson Walter. It drew on a substantial amount of previously unseen family archives, and provides a very human, fatherly portrayal of the founder of psychoanalysis and his family. Helen's book "German Schoolboy, British Commando" was published in early 2010, and was followed by "Denazification: Britain's Enemy Aliens, Nazi war Criminals & the Reconstruction of post-war Europe".

Helen Fry has branched out into historical fiction with James Hamilton under the pseudonym JH Schryer. Their debut novel Goodnight Vienna was published summer 2009, a love triangle of lust, love and betrayal set in Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938. The sequel "Moonlight Over Denmark" came out in Spring 2010.
As JH Schryer, Helen and James have been sculptured by artist Jane McAdam Freud, daughter of Lucian Freud, in a piece inspired by the writing 'duo' called "Stone Speak". The first public showing was at the Freud Museum, London from 15 April-16 July 2010; then Los Angeles in autumn 2010, New York in January 2011 and Cracow, Poland in autumn 2011.

Helen is also the editor of some veteran WW2 autobiographies. She has worked with Herman Rothman on his autobiography "Hitler's Will", about the discovery of Hitler's last will and testament, sewn into the lining of the jacket of a POW who was arrested and brought into Fallingbostel camp at the end of the war.

Helen Fry received her Ph.D from the University of Exeter in 1996 and is an honorary research fellow in the Dept of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at University College London. She is a member of prestigious The Biographers' Club and The Society of Authors.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A scholary weave of primary sources 10 Jan. 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Helen Fry's book weaves together diaries, interviews and army records of German and Austrian nationals, mostly Jewish refugees who had fled Nazi Germany, who fought for the British in the European theatre of the second world war. As such it is an interesting and informative summary of those sources and a useful jumping off point for anyone who wishes to delve more deeply into those archives. It is also an important contribution to the summation and preservation of a genuine people's history of the second world war.

However, I did find the narrative a little linear and formulaic; the book is organised into chapters according to branch of service, i.e. there is a chapter on the non-combatant pioneer corps, another on the infantry, another on the navy etc and within each chapter a number of case studies chronologically narrate the experience of an individual solider from enlistment to discharge. In this liner focus on case studies, Fry's structure does not focus on issues or themes and thus interesting questions such as allegations of war crimes on the part of Jewish units in the Normandy campaign (see Anthony Beevor's D-Day: The Battle for Normandy) are not examined; these allegations may be of little substance, but I feel that they should have been addressed here.

In summary, I think Helen Fry has done some excellent archival research but that this book reads more like a refined set of notes than a fully developed analytical narrative. That said, I think that the material pulled together here will prove an excellent starting point from which to write that broader narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 Mar. 2013
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I had seen the documentry about this and wanted to know more. This book delves deeper and gives an incite to a people you might never have heard of otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super, lots of good info in it about the ... 5 July 2014
Super,lots of good info in it about the people who helped to beat the Nazi. they were not treated very well after the war..
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