A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity

A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity

By: Eric H. Vieler (author)Paperback

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A Journey on My Own tells the story of Eric Vieler, born in America but raised in Hitler's Germany, where he saw the persecution of Jewish neighbors and experienced the bombing of cities. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed battle lines to reach his home. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, became their interpreter, and witnessed fierce fighting. He joined British occupation forces, doing a variety of jobs for food as compensation. Vieler's quest for his American identity was fulfilled when he was repatriated to America at age fifteen, but thoughts of independence were thwarted when, due to his age, he was required to attend public school. Although he held after-school jobs, his primary support was through a New York City welfare agency. In 1950, Vieler enlisted in the Army, was commissioned at age nineteen, and went on to serve in Korea, where he was seriously wounded and twice decorated for valor.

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About Author

Eric H. Vieler, Ph.D., is a retired Army colonel in military intelligence, who lives in San Francisco with his wife, Wickie. He has two other publications in print: his dissertation, The Ideological Roots of German Nationalism, and his Korean War memoir, Destination EVIL.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Prologue Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Family Background and Childhood Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Elgersweier Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Feldafing Chapter 6 Chapter 4: War Up Close Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Boys and Toys Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Postwar Chapter 9 Chapter 7: British Connection Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Repatriation Chapter 11 Chapter 9: Astoria Chapter 12 Chapter 10: On My Own Again Chapter 13 Chapter 11: Recruit Chapter 14 About the Author Chapter 15 Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/11/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780761848349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 130
  • ID: 9780761848349
  • weight: 181
  • ISBN10: 0761848347

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