Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite
"a brilliant, extremely well-written book that demonstrates how a youngGerman POW, indoctrinated by his school teachers and leaders came to questionthe intolerance of other people and cultures. The essay questions helpreinforce the message behind this book. This book is a potential classic, forit portrays the world so accurately."
Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite
"The book is peopled by rounded characters, some sympathetic, others less so,but all realistic and memorable. Add an authentic sense of setting and this isan extremely accomplished, sensitive work of fiction."
Rating: 4.0 stars
Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers Favorite
"The author uses vivid imagery and a rich vocabulary to transport the reader tothe diverse worlds of Germany before the beginning of World War II and a cottonfarm in Arizona."
Rating: 5.0 stars
Reviewed by Betsy Billings for Readers Favorite
"Geraldine Birch's "The Swastika Tattoo" is a story about howexperiences can change a person's principles."
From the Author
I was simply astounded that we had German POWs in the United States during WW II. Yes, I had known about the internment camps for Japanese, but I never heard about internment camps for Germans captured in the war. Intrigued, I began researching and found there were approximately 500 German POW camps throughout the US with more than 270,000 men.
The more I researched, the more the idea of the book began to form in my mind about a young German who is captured when his U-boat sinks off the East Coast of the US. What would he think about Americans, this young man who was trained in the Hitler Youth and sworn to die for Adolf Hitler? Just how prejudiced would he be considering he grew up during the height of the Third Reich? Read the book and find out!