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Brothers on the Run: Fleeing Hitler, Fighting Franco by [Simons, Pat Lorraine]
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"Remarkable tale...wonderful reading...Simons deserves a salute for getting inside the heads of two 20-something males--and for making their adventures such a delight to read." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
"A gifted storyteller...Parts read like a thriller...Even her notes make for good reading..." -St. Louis Jewish Light 

From the Author

When my uncle was dying of cancer, I spent several days recording his memories and those of my father, who was also an old man at the time. I'd heard versions of their amazing pre-World War II adventures all my life. But it was only when recording their stories in 1994 that I learned about my uncle's singular love affair in Spain; about what actually happened to my father's crippled right hand; and about many instances of their ingenuity, perseverance, wit, and luck. When I retired in 2009, I began to write this book, not only because I'd always wanted to, but because I want my grandchildren to understand why they are alive. I hope the book will stand as a tribute not only to two men who greatly inspired me, but as a tribute to the human spirit.

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  • File Size: 2008 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKZ4O64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Brothers on the Run" reminds us of the cruelty on the loose in Germany as it was pushing us into World War II, and of the love and daring of individuals that can appear when needed most. Simons recounts events that she learned about in talking with her father and uncle about their life in Germany during the years leading up to World War II. When barely 20 years old, the boys' lives were threatened by Nazi violence, and they were compelled by their mother to leave her and their father, a decorated World War I soldier in the German army. The two set out on bicycle across Europe on a journey that eventually brought them to life in America, but not until a number of years have passed evading capture, suffering injury and illness, and experiencing the loss of loved ones. Stories of this era are so often very powerful, but it is the intimacy of this one that makes it so touching and such a good read.
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This true story of a 19 and 20 year old pair of Jewish brothers fleeing Hitler and central Germany on their bicycles in 1933 is not only fascinating but is well written, accessible, and personal in its telling. The author writes, from extensive interviews and notes, the myriad adventures of her American father and uncle, Freddy and Rudy Kahn when they were German boys, Gottfried and Rudolf, relying on their wits to escape at first bullying then murderous Nazi youth, Hitlerjugend, in their home town of Giessen, just north of Frankfort. Running for their lives, they bicycled across the border into Switzerland, made it into France, then, by a set of impossible yet real circumstances, they fought against Franco in Spain, lived to make it back to France, and then managed to escape by the hairs of their chinny chin chins from the Gestapo in Paris ...You need to read the book to see how they got out of Europe in 1937 just before World War 2 fully cascaded into being.

Years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Freddy Kahn,( the older brother) here in my home town in Arkansas because one of his Texas born sons is the godfather of my daughter. I had heard of Freddy and Rudy's escape from the Nazi's on their bicycles but had not known any details of the story until I read this very impressive book when it was first being edited.. The young Kahn brothers didn't just survive the holocaust, they PREVAILED. Against all the odds, those boys became men as they were persecuted people on the run and they eventually made it to the safe haven of the United States where they married, had children /grandchildren and led full, successful, happy lives that were denied to the millions who died in Europe. How lucky I am to have lived my life within the freedoms of the USA and how thankful I am to Pat Simons for getting her father and uncle's important story down in such readable form. Thank you to the Khan brothers, may they rest in peace.
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Growing up in El Paso with the author of this book I had no idea that her father and uncle had led such a fascinating life. I enjoyed this book because it provided a picture of two brothers that did not let the bigotry and anti Semitism of that time get in their way. What they had to overcome to get to the United States is remarkable and their journey across Europe and Spain and the friends that helped them along the way makes this a thrilling read. Could not put it down.
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We can never forget what happened during World War II

I rather enjoyed this book.

It was very interesting to read this story bout this family of German Jews who weren't sent to concentration camps.

It's the first book of that sort they've read. I loved the actual photos included for reference (only wish there had been more)
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I was very impressed by "Brothers on the Run" for several reasons.

First, it is an amazing story, and the fact that it's true makes it even more interesting.

Secondly, I was struck by the fact that Pat Simons, as the daughter of one of the two brothers on the run, was able to write a factual, even-handed history of their years staying one step ahead of the Nazi's. It would be very easy to insert your own emotions and prejudices after learning how your father and uncle were treated. Both boys were teens as they were forced to leave a loving home, not schooled in the ways of the evil world they were about to enter. The author was able to stay on the path of reporting the facts in a fictionalized manner free from her own personal feelings. She lets the facts speak for themselves - and they do, very loudly.

Thirdly, Pat has Notes at the end of her book explaining the historical significance of events portrayed in each chapter, complete with statistics. I learned many facts I didn't know about the events prior to the U.S. entering the war. This added greatly, giving a perspective to everyone's actions in the book, not just the two brothers.

Lastly, it is a wonderful book on many levels; fascinating to read, enjoyable to read (since you know they survive), and so well documented describing the changing face of Europe in the '30's. Truly an outstanding book!! Beautifully crafted.
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Rudolph and Gottfried deserve four stars for their story. The author did a fine job writing their stories about their escape from Germany prior to the beginning of WWII. These teenaged boys were Jewish Germany citizens when their journey began. They were men by journey's end. Hitler came to power in 1933. His intent to wipe out the Jews is well known. Through Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain, Rudolph and Gottfried stayed a step ahead of hell. They were fortunate in that resistance movements helped them escape Europe, they had family waiting for them in America, and between the two of them they had necessary talents to reach their destination. Their life along the way made for wonderful reading. Weren't they a pair?

The author's research left me disturbed. Her research was documented, but I question the veracity of the documentation. So much has been written about Hitler and his friends that it seems everybody has been in his bed at one time or another, with or without knowledge. I am not satisfied about Germany's funding of the war. Must I now believe that Henry Ford was a Hitlerite? I think that as Hitler was becoming a rising star, he was popular. What he became was unacceptable.

Thank you, Ms. Simons, for a good read.
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