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Hope and Honor Paperback – May 16, 2006
"Hitler's Forgotten Children" by Ingrid von Oelhafen
The Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program. Learn more | See related books
From Publishers Weekly
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“From surviving the insanity of Hitler's holocaust to becoming commander of U.S. Special Forces, General Shachnow has accomplished the incredible. His is a story of hope, honor, heroism---one that should be read by everyone who enjoys freedom . . . or longs for it.” ―W. E. B. Griffin
“A gripping story of a warrior's survival and ultimate victory against all odds.” ―General Norman Schwarzkopf
“A gripping memoir of personal tragedy, perserverence, and triumph. Very few soldiers achieve the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army Special Forces. That a survivor of the Kovno concentration camp could do so says great things about the U.S. Army. . . . Major General Shachnow is a great American who serves as an example to every American that freedom does not come free.” ―Paul Wolfowitz
“Absolutely harrowing, as vivid and frightening as any Holocaust account I've read. His Special Forces experiences in Vietnam are also astonishing. General Shachnow had a vital role in shaping America's Special Forces into the tool it is today, at the precise time it is needed.” ―Larry Bond, author of the New York Times bestseller Red Phoenix
“An inspiring story wonderfully told, General Shachnow's memoir is as deeply moving as it is fascinating. His journey from a childhood amid the Holocaust to become one of the U.S. Army's most effective and visionary generals is at once a testament to his personal courage, to human resilience and to America's greatness.” ―Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Baghdad and Fighting For The Future
“What a book! Must reading! More riveting than any novel!” ―Thomas Fleming
“Sid Shachnow's life is an inspiring story for us all. . . . His powerful narrative is a riveting read, moving and informative.” ―Fred Franks, General U.S. Army (ret.), co-author with Tom Clancy of the New York Times #1 bestseller Into the Storm: A Study in Command
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Top Customer Reviews
The story begins with the horrors of the Lithuanian Holocaust death camp (Kovno) described through the eyes of a young, naive boy. Shachnow tries to make sense of his small world as his life quickly spirals downward. I found the brazen anti-Semitism displayed by Lithuanians alarming and disturbing. Shachnow watches helplessly as his mother is violently raped and family members are robbed, tortured, humiliated and brutally slaughtered, one by one.
To make himself less vulnerable to extermination, Shachnow performs excruciating work on a labor detail where a malicious guard bludgeons him unconscious with the back of a shovel. Rail thin and slowly starving to death, his hair and toenails begin to fall off from malnutrition but he narrowly escapes the death camp on the eve of it's liquidation. The Holocaust portion is without a doubt the most harrowing part of the book.
After immigrating to the United States, Shachnow must adapt to his new life in suburban middle-America. The Americanization of this young, unassuming refugee from post war Europe is at times poignantly heartbreaking and at other times laugh-out-loud hysterical. Still unable to speak English, he attends school for the first time in his life, tries Coca-Cola (tastes like medicine!), loves rock-and-roll, learns to play football, and does his best to fit in.
This book shines light on how important it is for immigrants to integrate in order to succeed. In one particularly heartrending episode young Shachnow discovers the disturbing truth that his father is a sad failure at assimilating into life in America.Read more ›
The first and most harrowing part of the book deals with General Shachnow's childhood and miraculous survival of the Holocaust. The protagonist of the story is primarily Shachnow's mother -- an extraordinary, quick witted and determined woman. It is mainly due to her efforts and incredible daring that both her children (one of whom was a mere toddler) survived, while pretty much everyone around them perished. Her strength through the war and the heartbreaks and challenges of the family's post war experiences were to me the most touching and heartrending aspect of the book. Shachnow does a fine job at crediting his mother's extraordinary sacrifices and bravery, but also touchingly describing her weaknesses and eventual failures.
The second part of the book, which in some ways is just as touching, deals with the Shachnow family's move first to post-war Germany and then to the US. The immigration experience was particularly rough on General Shachnow, who arrived in the US as an unschooled and traumatized teenager, but managed, through toil and faith to complete high school successfully. Shachnow's parents fared less well. They seemed unable to transition to the new culture and its demands. Shachnow speculates that his mother had used up all her strength and ingenuity to survive and therefore found herself unable to cope with the new world. Shachnow tells us how the graceful heroine of the Kovno Ghetto turns into a nagging, selfish and small-minded woman, whose behavior inhibits her and her husband from succeeding in their new life.Read more ›
The only complaint I have about the book is that some of the recollections seemed to be cut short, I would just be getting into a story, wanting to know more, and the author was on the way to something else! I sometimes wonder how people survive the many hardships they have in their life, and Major General Shachnow had his share of hardships plus some. And of course, his joys and happy times as well. They are all told in this book with honesty, humor and matter of fact humility.
This book was a gift, and I'm grateful that someone gave it too me, I had not seen it in the stores. Read this book, even it you don't normally read memoirs or non-fiction, it is well worth it.
This book makes an equally valuable contribution to American literature as Gen. Shachnow made to the U.S. Army. Unlike so many celebrity autobiographies, which are little more than self-agrandizing fluff-fluff, this book presents the story of Gen Shachnow's life in a painfully honest manner. From cover to cover it is the forthright story of a real man and a real human being, warts and all. That Gen. Shachnow has no trouble being as open as he is with his readers further attests to his bravery and character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though written a decade ago, this book is still timely on the lessons of history and as a blueprint for effective leadership, whether in or out of the military! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judge Hal Moroz
Incredible story of any incredible man and warrior, From concentration camp to top Green Beret. Only in America. Read morePublished 8 months ago by 1185
Sid Shachnow had an extraordinary life, part of it kind of random,having been born in the wrong place at the wrong time, a young Jewish boy in a Jewish family who ends up going... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Doug
Hope and Honor is the true story of the life of Sidney Shachnow, who spent the formative years of his childhood in Lithuanian concentration camp and would years later rise to... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Charles Castel
I heard Gen. Shachnow speak, and then raced out to get the book. It is an absolueley incredible story, and It is true!Published on July 30, 2013 by Nettie
America is the greatest country in the world. From concentration camp inmate to General in the US military. Hope and Honor is an inspiration.Published on July 11, 2013 by Kat Granger
Certainly an amazing story...his youth in Europe is riveting--detailed, thoughtful, no-holds barred, raw and intimate. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by RandL
This is a beautiful, epic story of a person who overcame great odds and lived a life of integrity and dignity.Published on April 29, 2013 by Mary Prendergast