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The Resource Mischka's War

Mischka's War

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Mischka's War
Title
Mischka's War
Statement of responsibility
Sheila Fitzpatrick
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Mischkas war
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a European odyssey of the 1940s
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1943, 22-year-old Latvian Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight - a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. A few months later, escaping conscription into the Waffen-SS in Riga, Mischka entered Hitler's Reich itself on a student exchange to Germany. There, as the war drew to an end, he narrowly escaped death in the Allied fire-bombing of Dresden. As he made his escape from Hitler's Reich he fell ill and was incarcerated in hospital before finally reuniting with his resourceful mother Olga, who had made her own way out of Riga, saving some Jews along the way. The diaries, correspondence and later recollections of mother and son provide a vivid recreation of life in occupied Germany, where anxiety, fear and loss were tempered by friendship, and where the ineptitude of international and occupation bureaucracies added its own touch of black humour. Sponsored as immigrants by one of the Jews Olga had saved, they eventually reached New York in the early 1950s. As refugee experiences go, they were among the lucky ones—but even luck leaves scars. The author, who met and married Mischka forty years after these events, turns her skills as a historian and wry eye as a memoirist to telling this remarkable story
Summary
On a winter's day in 1943, 22-year-old Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight as he skied through Latvian woods-a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. The world was full of such atrocities, which makes Mischka's decision to escape conscription to the Waffen-SS by going on a student exchange to Germany all the more remarkable. Even more so when Mischka later discovered he was part-Jewish. But his was no ordinary life. He narrowly escaped death in the Allied fire bombing of Dresden. He then lived the precarious life of a Displaced Person in occupied Germany before heading north with the hope of crossing the border into Denmark, where he finally reunited with his mother Olga. He went on to become a member of the exceptional Heidelberg school of physics. They were both resettled in the US at the beginning of the 1950s, which is where, much later, he met, fell in love with and married Sheila Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick pieces together her late husband's story through diaries, correspondence and recollections. This is a historian's book but it's also a wife's book about her husband ...an offering of love that is also a search for knowledge
Biography type
individual biography
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Cataloging source
ANL
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Fitzpatrick, Sheila
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • History
  • Sociology
  • Military
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a European odyssey of the 1940s
Label
Mischka's War
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781786722546
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optical disk
Label
Mischka's War
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9b65fc00-5b97-42ed-acd5-8e5e3e4de4c0
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781786722546
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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