Barry Flanagan was born and educated in a coal mining town in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. Having completed his schooling he worked in the industrial city of Newcastle before forging a career in the Defence Forces with the RAAF. After six years maintaining and servicing the French built, Mirage III, supersonic aircraft - including two of those years in Singapore and Malaya - he opted for a new career in the underground coal mining industry. Thirty years later, with a Bachelor of Teaching under his belt, and countless hours of electrical and safety training communicated to his students, he decided to write a book. It was a fictional story of his experiences within an underground coalmine. It’s still in his top drawer, unpublished, ready and waiting for him to get a grip on it again. Why? Because there were changes to his life and he fell in love with a woman whose own life had been turned upside down. She’d lost her husband to cancer who, along with his sister and parent’s, had an incredible story to tell about oppression in their occupied country during World War II. Although fictional, The Undeclared War and Across The Green Border are set in Kaunas, Lithuania, and was inspired by this family and based on facts. Much research for the novel was done in Lithuania. They hold drama, action and emotion - enough to make the author shed a tear during his writings. He hopes you enjoy the journey.
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Across the Green Border
Operation Barbarossa enters its third day as the German army march into Kaunas, Lithuania. The majority of residents welcome them as liberators now that the Soviets have fled. Others, though, are not so sure. One man, Jonas Petraitis, Chief of Police in Kaunas, is up against it from the start. Major Ulrich Kruger from the Wehrmacht and Captain Hardy Steltzer from the Einsatzgruppen, the Reich’s mu
The Undeclared War
For Jonas Petraitis, Chief of Police in Kaunas, Lithuania, the worst he has to deal with is the occasional murder - until June 15, 1940, when the Soviet Army crosses the border and occupies his country.
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Smashwords book reviews by Barry Flanagan
on Nov. 06, 2013
In wartime Europe, Jews went through hell in making applications to leave the country. Papers for this, papers for that and spending hours, if not days, in line at emigration offices then to have the doors closed in their faces was quite traumatic. They had a set time to achieve their goals and to miss out by one day could mean life or death (one could choose either, it all meant the same) in a concentration camp.
In Escape, one wonders why a sergeant of the Wehrmacht (or some other arm of the defence forces) was assigned to escort them across France to the Spanish border. In all my research, I’d never heard of a circumstance of this kind and, as it showed, it would be in their best interest to befriend this soldier, Sergeant Drucker, as Saul has done. One outspoken word to him and their quest for refugee status in America could go up in smoke.
As usual in the German occupied countries during the war, no matter who you were, there was the inevitable brush with the Gestapo. Unrest between the refugees didn’t help, either. Drawing attention to the Gestapo was the last thing they wanted.
Having someone like Sergeant Drucker around was, as mentioned in novel information, quite unique and his conduct showed that many Germans, soldiers or not, were human beings after all.
Another intriguing story about desperate Jews and their fight for existence in occupied Europe during WWII.