Throughout World War II, Jewish refugees escaping the Nazi regime faced their persecutors by joining the Allied Forces, at times even fighting against the country of their birth. These 27 interviews with German and Austrian Jews who served as Allied soldiers in North Africa and Europe tell the story of men and women whose service restored their sense of dignity, and allowed them to rise above their former victimization.
"It is rare to come across a book about a forgotten story from World War II, but Steve Karras has found one of the most compelling, little-known accounts from the war and he tells it brilliantly. Harrowing, breathtaking in parts, and completely absorbing, The Enemy I Knew is not just for history buffs but anyone looking for an amazing story about extraordinary men and women whose heroism has gone—for far too long—unrecorded."—Andrew Carroll