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Contains VOLS. 1-6 of The Things Our Fathers Saw® Series Book Collection, AND A Train Near Magdeburg, Adult edition (7 books total), paperback or hardcover. This package does NOT include Vol. 7, but it can be added to your order with another click here.
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A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher's Journey into the Holocaust and the reuniting of the survivors and liberators, 70 years on 
In the last days of World War II, American soldiers freed a trainload of Jewish prisoners heading to certain death at Nazi hands. Rich with eyewitness testimony, this gripping narrative follows both the survivors and their liberators in vivid detail, from the Holocaust experience throughout Europe, to emotional reunions decades later, all made possible by a history teacher.
Volume 1 of The Things Our Fathers Saw® series begins in an upstate NY community, which LOOK Magazine designated as Hometown, USA for a 6-issue patriotic spread in 1944, a microcosm of every other small-town community in the country.
It starts with my quest for a young sailor's body, killed at Pearl Harbor, and follows our young men and women across the Pacific.
Over thirty survivors who fought from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay give firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed. Includes maps, photos, and never-before-seen portraits. Here are the real stories that LOOK Magazine could not tell.
Volume 2 in the series deal with the Air War in the European Theater of the war.
Featuring eight American veterans of the heavy bombers in the air war over Europe during World War II, explaining what it was like to grow up during the Great Depression as the clouds of war gathered, going off to the service, and into the skies over Europe, sharing stories of both funny and heartbreaking, and all riveting and intense. Includes photos and never before seen portraits.
It actually begins with my quest to learn more about a 20-year-old relative's death in the skies over Germany. I was told the entire crew perished on July 29, 1944. I could not be more wrong...
Volume 3 is about the Air War again, and this time I have some of my friends who were fighter pilots, including a Tuskegee Airman who had to deal with racism back home, on top of defeating fascism in Europe.
Fighter pilots, and bomber crews talk about being shot down, the prisoner of war experience, and being reunited again after 60 years, in their own words.
Volume 4 in this series will take you from the deserts of North Africa to the mountains of Italy with the men and women veterans of the Italian campaign who open up about a war that was so brutal, news of it was downplayed at home.
The war in the Mediterranean, and particularly the Italian Campaign, is one that for many Americans is shrouded in mystery and murkiness. Yet it was here that the United States launched its first offensive in the west on enemy soil, and it was here that Allied forces would be slogging it out with a tenacious enemy fighting for its life in the longest single American Campaign of World War II.
Volume 5 in this series is really the book I had in mind to write as I began to collect and process WWII interviews after being inspired at our veterans' return to Normandy for the 40th anniversary of D-Day.
From the bloody beach at Omaha through the hedgerow country of Normandy and beyond, American veterans of World War II—Army engineers and infantrymen, Coast Guardsmen and Navy sailors, tank gunners and glider pilots—sit down with you across the kitchen table and talk about what they saw and experienced, tales they may have never told anyone before.
Volume 6 of The Things Our Fathers Saw® series
In THE BULGE AND BEYOND, you will be with the soldiers going into the heart of the bloodiest single battle fought by the US Army in American history, the so-called 'Battle of the Bulge'.
You will be with them as they sense the fear of the unknown, the crush of impending doom, the scale of being among the columns of young, tired men slogging into a forest, medieval and dark, with the complete inability to ever get warm again.
19,000 American GIs never saw their mothers again.
— “Hell came in like a freight train. I heard an explosion and went back to where my friend was. His legs were blown off-he bled to death in my arms.”
This is the sixth book in the masterful WWII oral history series, but you can read them in any order.
It's time to listen to them. REMEMBER how a generation of young Americans truly saved the world.
— TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR VOL. 6. —
AUTHOR’S NOTE 9
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE 17
PART ONE: THE FOREST
THE REPLACEMENT 23
The Hürtgen Forest 23
Replacement, 4th Infantry Division 26
‘This Is It’ 28
‘Made It Through Four Campaigns’ 32
THE RIFLEMAN 35
The Cold 40
THE REPLACEMENT RUNNER 43
Great Britain 46
The 28th Infantry Division 50
‘We'll be Home for Christmas’ 52
The Forest 53
‘Say Hello to Hitler!’ 54
Private Eddie Slovik 56
The Replacement System 58
‘They Made Them Go Back’ 59
THE SCOUT 67
College Man to Rifleman 70
The Repo Depot 71
‘Combat Team’ 77
The Minefield 78
‘Don’t Leave Us Here’ 80
Rocket Science 86
PART TWO: MALMÉDY
MEN OF OLD HICKORY 91
The Battle of the Ardennes: Malmédy, Belgium 97
The Attack 98
Axis Sally Reports 100
Pfc. Francis S. Currey, MOH 104
‘The 9th U.S. Luftwaffe’ 105
T/Sgt. Paul Bolden, MOH 108
THE SERGEANT 111
Digging In 118
The Accident 124
The Prisoners 127
Across the Rhine 128
PART THREE: GUESTS OF THE REICH
THE ARTILLERY SPOTTER 133
Field Artillery Spotting 136
The Last Mission 138
The Stalag 143
Liberated by the Russians 145
‘I Just Couldn't Believe What I Saw’ 146
‘I Had to Get On’ 152
THE GLIDER PARATROOPER 155
The Glider Crash 158
The Battle of the Bulge 161
The Country Sharpshooter 163
Slave Labor 168
‘Smart for Self-Preservation’ 169
Liberation at Bad Orb 170
The Spoon 171
THE SURVIVOR 175
Shipping Out 178
The Suicide 180
‘An Awful Racket’ 181
Tiger Tanks 182
Wounded and Captured 183
The Estate 187
The Gauleiter 189
On The Move 189
Going Home 193
A Survivor 195
THE ESCAPEE 197
The Hürtgen Forest 199
The Battle of the Bulge 200
‘We Just Cheered’ 202
The First Escape 208
The Second Escape 211
‘We Are Going to Execute Them’ 212
Slave Labor 214
The Last Escape 215
The Saddest Thing 220
The Whiz Kids 226
‘The First Scout is a Target’ 228
‘Not me, Howard. I'm Jewish!’ 230
Bad Orb 235
‘Step Forward’ 236
Murder the GIs at Berga 238
The Germans’ ‘Final Solution’ 239
Slave Labor 241
The Death March 243
‘My Bittersweet Day’ 249
‘They Thought We Were All Dead’ 253
THE INTERPRETER 257
Growing Up 258
‘All Safe ‘Til Peace’ 260
‘We’ve Got Company’ 263
The Work Detail 269
The Prisoner Who Lost His Mind 269
Interpreting for the Germans 270
The Work Strike 273
The Captives Become the Lords 275
My Enemy is My Friend 279