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On June 6, 1944, Werner T. Angress parachuted down from a C-47 into German-occupied France with the 82nd Airborne Division. Nine days later, he was captured behind enemy lines and, concealing his identity as a German-born Jew, became a prisoner of war. Eventually, he was freed by US forces, rejoined the fight, and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp. 

Although he was an American soldier, less than 10 years before he had been an enthusiastically patriotic German-Jewish boy. Rejected and threatened by the Nazi regime, the Angress family fled to Amsterdam to escape persecution and death, and young Angress then found his way to the United States. 

In Witness to the Storm, Angress weaves the spellbinding story of his life, including his escape from Germany, his new life in the United States, and his experiences in World War II. A testament to the power of perseverance and forgiveness, Witness to the Storm is the powerful tale of one man's struggle to fight for and rescue the country that had betrayed him. 

A Gold Medal Winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Adult Nonfiction Personal Ebook.

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©2019 Werner T. Angress and Claire Bloom (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Witness to the Storm Part 2

I really enjoyed the book. Well written. And it kept my attention the whole way through. My only negative comment was near the end. Mr Angress said he was attached to the 17th Airborne after the 82nd which I’m sure is true. He then stated that it was a state side airborne division. This is incorrect the 17th Airborne saw combat in the battle of the bulge and was the last US airborne division to have a combat jump in WW2 in crossing of the Rhine.

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Historical Jewish witnes of pre ww2 and ww2

If you want to gain a better understanding of
Jewish life of a young German boy and his family pre ww2 in Germany this is a book for you.

In the second part of the book, Warner talks about emigration to the usa and joining the us army, 82d airborne untill the end of ww2.

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This book has very little to do with the war. That part encompasses only the last third of the book, if that much. And if you didn't know that was what the author was referencing, the reader wouldn't really know that that was the central topic of the chapter. The rest of the book is about Angress's childhood, childhood friends, his family, schooling, and traveling. It's mostly a collection of random personal stories that somehow connect. Angress was simply a Jewish boy in Germany when the SS took over, and subsequently he relocates to America before joining the army. That is what the majority of the book is about. His military career is the smallest part of it.

Stefan Rudnicki does a usual standup job narrating. He's the best part of this book. All in all it's not a decent read.