The Mascot: The extraordinary story of a Jewish boy and an SS extermination squad (Paperback)
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The Mascot: The extraordinary story of a Jewish boy and an SS extermination squad (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 07/02/2008
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Part thriller, part psychological drama, part puzzle with a strange twist, The Mascot is one of the most astonishing stories to emerge from the Second World War. It tells the remarkable true story of how Alex Kurzem unravelled the shocking secrets of his wartime past. With the support of Mark, his son, Alex began to recall how he evaded the German-led execution squad that decimated his village, but witnessed the murder of his Jewish mother and siblings. He scavenged amongst the trees and protected himself from wolves, before falling into the hands of a Latvian police battalion. The soldiers adopted him as their mascot and Alex accompanied the unit everywhere as it changed its identity and duties to those of an SS unit on the rampage. He even appeared in Nazi propaganda films and newspaper articles, riding into Riga in a military parade... yet he was Jewish. At the age of five, was Alex Kurzem a collaborator or just a lost little boy? Caught up in a world of war-crime hunters, former war criminals and security agents with unclear agendas, he has since been threatened by many who believe he has betrayed them.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9781846040511
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 252 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the most remarkable stories of the Second World War...and ultimately inspiring" * The Sun *
"A powerful book...revealing his father's remarkable and horrific story" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Compelling" -- Jeremy Isaacs * Jewish Chronicle *

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