By Eric H. Vieler

A trip on My Own tells the tale of Eric Vieler, born in the US yet raised in Hitler's Germany, the place he observed the persecution of Jewish pals and skilled the bombing of towns. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed conflict strains to arrive his domestic. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, grew to become their interpreter, and witnessed fierce combating. He joined British profession forces, doing quite a few jobs for meals as reimbursement. Vieler's quest for his American id used to be fulfilled while he was once repatriated to the US at age fifteen, yet options of independence have been thwarted while, because of his age, he used to be required to wait public university. even though he held after-school jobs, his fundamental help was once via a brand new York urban welfare company. In 1950, Vieler enlisted within the military, used to be commissioned at age nineteen, and went directly to serve in Korea, the place he used to be heavily wounded and two times adorned for valor.

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