For Liberty (Paperback)

A World War II veteran's life story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience

By Mike Befeler

Green Leaf Publishers, 9780692444603, 266pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2015

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Paperback (5/1/2015)

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Description

What price did our World War II veterans pay for Liberty?

"For Liberty" is a World War II veteran's inspiring life story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience

Ed was a Jewish-American soldier who served in the 399th Infantry Regiment of the 100th Division in Europe during World War 2. From the end of 1944 through 1945, the division fought valiantly to repel the Germans from France. Ed recalls the battle in the trenches, hand to hand combat that involved knifing the enemy, throwing molotov cocktails at enemy tanks and more horrors of war during the 164 days of relentless combat. The 100th division suffered over 12,215 casualties and hundreds of soldiers reported as missing in action were actually taken prisoner by the Nazis in Germany and mistreated as were all of the holocaust victims. Some, like Ed, miraculously survived. (There were over 94,000 Americans detained during World War II.)

In order to transport the prisoners to the POW camps, the Germans forced Ed and hundreds of prisoners into overcrowded rail cars and locked them in for 7 days without food and water. They could only stand chest to chest. Ed survived but the time in the crowded box car damaged a leg. However, many perished before arriving at the camp.