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Sheila Fitzpatrick: Mischka's War

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In 1943 Mischka Danos, a 22-year-old Latvian, happened upon a mass grave-pit, filled with the bodies of Jews murdered by the occupying Germans. A few months later, he escaped conscription into the Waffen-SS by entering Germany itself on a student exchange visa. Here, he narrowly escaped death in the fire-bombing of Dresden, fell ill and was incarcerated in hospital. With the help of his courageous and resourceful mother Olga, Mischka eventually made his escape, and the two of them emigrated to New York in the early 1950s. Some 40 years after these harrowing events he met and married the eminent historian Sheila Fitzpatrick. Drawing on a rich seam of diaries and letters, Fitzpatrick, Emerita Professor of History at the University of Chicago and Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney has now retold his story in Mischka's War (I.B. Tauris).

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