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Soldiers and Slaves - American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble

Roger Cohen

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In February 1945, 350 American POWs captured earlier at the Battle of the Bulge or elsewhere in Europe were singled out by the Nazis because they were Jews or were thought to resemble Jews. They were transported in cattle cars to Berga, a concentration camp in eastern Germany, and put to work as slave laborers, mining tunnels for a planned underground synthetic-fuel factory. This was the only incident of its kind during World War II. Starved and brutalized, the GIs were denied their rights as prisoners of war, their ordeal culminating in a death march that was halted by liberation near the Czech border. Twenty percent of these soldiers-more than seventy of them-perished. After t_he war, Berga was virtually forgotten, partly because it fell under Soviet domination and partly because America's Cold War priorities quickly changed, and the experiences of these Americans were buried. Now, for the first time, their story is told in all its blistering detail. This is the story of hell in a small place over a period of nine weeks, at a time when Hitler's Reich was crumbling but its killing machine still churned. It is a tale of madness and heroism, and of the failure to deliver justice for what the Nazis did to these Americans. Among those involved: William Shapiro, a young medic from the Bronx, hardened in Normandy battles but, as a prisoner, unable to help the Nazis' wasted slaves, whose bodies became as insubstantial as ghosts; Hans Kasten, a defiant German-American who enraged his Nazi captors by demanding, in vain, that his fellow U.S. prisoners be treated with humanity, thus committing the unpardonable sin of betraying his German roots; Morton Goldstein, a garrulous GI from New Jersey, shot dead by the Nazi in charge of the American prisoners in an incident that would spark intense debate at a postwar trial; and Mordecai Hauer, the orphaned Hungarian Jew who, after surviving Auschwitz, stumbled on the GIs in the midst of the Holocaust at Berga and despaired at the sight of liberators become slaves. Roger Cohen

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sam Tsoutsouvas

Length:

6h 20m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:59


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:29


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:33


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:47


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:42


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:17


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:14


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:34


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:21


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:43