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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.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)