The Forgotten

The Forgotten

Canadian POWs, Escapers and Evaders in Europe, 1939-1945

Book - 2013
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The Forgotten tells the story of the more than 10,000 Canadian servicemen, merchant mariners and civilians whose war ended in surrender, capture and imprisonment, through the eyes of a group of men in Hitler’s grasp: Private Stan Darch, who had already survived the cauldron of Dieppe; seventeen civilian priests and brothers captured at sea, one of whom risked his life to hide an escape tunnel after the Great Escape; Edward Carter-Edwards, who endured the hell of Buchenwald concentration camp; and RCAF Sergeant Ian MacDonald, who, having been on the run for six weeks after being shot down, was betrayed to the Gestapo and survived six weeks in the notorious Fresnes Prison in Paris. To survive the often horrid conditions of Stalags across Europe and the hunger marches through the freezing snows of the winter of 1944–45, these otherwise ordinary Canadians demonstrated extraordinary valour and commitment to each other and to the Allied cause.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443404891
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 GRE NVD
Characteristics: [472] pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrated

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Aug 30, 2015

This is an accurate and often haunting picture of life in Germany's POW camps. These stories are their stories (with numerous quotes from these POW's), stories of men with incredible courage, many of whom suffered immensely and a very many who died. Some of the details are heart breaking and difficult to read, especially the numerous violations of the Geneva Convention.
It is somewhat difficult to follow any single story as Greenfield jumps back and forth through the book due to the structure that he has chosen.
However, in the final analysis, as Greenfield states these POW's "defended themselves daily against despair brought on by insults, violations of their Geneva rights, debilitating hunger and the misery of the Hunger marches" and "they should not be forgotten" and for that reason this is a book that should be read.

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