179 - Fled To Fight, The Jewish Refugees of 1st Airborne Division by Jory Brentjens (Book)

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179 - Fled To Fight, The Jewish Refugees of 1st Airborne Division by Jory Brentjens (Book)
£22.95

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- 133 pages
- Paperback

- Written by the curator of the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein in the Netherlands, Jory Brentjens
- Jory Brentjens studied history in Nijmegen and contributed to the realization of the Freedom Museum in Groesbeek and the renewed permanent presentation of the Airborne Museum
- The Airborne Shop is the exclusive UK distributor of this book

Fled To Fight, The Jewish Refugees of 1st Airborne Division

"Operation Market Garden, the largest Allied airborne operation of the Second World War, began on 17 September 1944. The British 1st Airborne Division was deployed at Arnhem. This division included twenty-one Jewish Germans and Austrians. They had grown up in Nazi Germany, but managed to escape to Britain in the 1930s. In their escape from Nazi Germany, these men had to leave almost all their family and possessions behind. Some of them had even seen their synagogues go up in flames or had been imprisoned in concentration camps.

In Britain, their attempts to build a new lift were rudely interrupted by the German invasion of Western Europe. Distrust of German and Austrian refugees grew among the British population and in June 1940 the British government decided to intern them. To secure their release from the internment camps, a large number of refugees enlisted in the British Army and eventually joined the airborne forces with which they fought at Arnhem.

In Fled to Fight, the extraordinary history of these Jewish men is told through personal stories."