An inspiring collection of thirty six true accounts of friendships formed between German prisoners of war and their 'enemies' during the Second World War.
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This is a book of thirty six true accounts of the friendships that developed between German prisoners of war and their 'enemies' during their captivity. The stories, which are moving, humorous and incredible, are set mostly in Britain but also take place in the USA and Canada. Many of the friendships formed continued long past the end of the War and extended into the next generations.
In contrast with many books on war, this book shows what happened when people came face to face with their so-called enemies. The results were surprising. This book shows that friendships offered and received can transcend the hatred and disillusionment of war, and that lasting relationships between individuals can contribute to the long-term reconciliation between countries formerly at war.
Including over 170 personal photographs and illustrations, including a colour picture section, this title will be of great interest to those who live in the many specific locations mentioned, both in the United Kingdom and abroad (Germany, US, Canada) and will appeal to those with German connections. It will attract students of war and military history, particularly the generation who lived through WWII. The Germans We Trusted also has a specific Christian appeal as the motivation for many was the command to 'love your enemy'.
"Pamela Howe Taylor's book ... shows in three dozen personal stories how individual German prisoners of war managed to establish relationships of trust and friendship"
From the Foreword by Douglas Hurd
Foreword by The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC
Introduction by the author Pamela Howe Taylor
1. The Astonishing Coincidence
2. Windows of East Chinnock
3. Gifts Full of Memories
4. Prisoner for a Reason
5. The Toolbox
6. The Man Who Found a New Family and a New Way of Life
7. The Wonderful Present
8. It's Never Too Late
9. A Real Gentleman
10. The Baker's Story
11. The Talented Organist
12. Shattered Dreams
13. Secret Bicycle Rides
14. A Helping Hand
15. Minnie Mouse and the Candleholders
16. War is the Enemy
17. Two of a Kind
18. Inside the Camp ... From a British Point of View
19. The Prisoner Who Lived With His Sister
20. If Trees Could Speak
21. The Unexpected Gift
22. The Wellington Connection
23. The Lost Cigarette Lighter?
24. Love Finds a Way
25. Friendships Despite the Bombs
28. The Friendly Bürgermeister
27. The Oak Plaque
28. The Extraordinary Friendship
29. A Desire for Peace
30. Friends Made, Lost and Found
31. A Forty-Year-Old Letter
32. The Young Man With a Conscience
33. The Broken Link
34. A Bridge of Friendship
35. Stamps and a Musical Christmas Card
36. Somewhere to Call Home
Pamela Howe Taylor saw at first-hand friendships between so-called enemies develop, as she grew up in a family which was very much involved with German POWs. She later had a varied career including teaching, working for the British Methodist Church and the YWCA of great Britain. She retired in 1997, which was the year her first book Enemies Become Friends was published. Since then she has been involved in researching on the subject of friendships with German POWs.
"The book will definitely be of interest to all those concerned in military history, furthermore it should interest those servicemen who served in Germany and estabilished permanent roots in that country. It should be read by school teachers in both Germany and Britain. It is a useful, charming and pioneering work."
Massimo Mangilli-Climpson, University of Venice
"The stories, which readers will find moving, funny and sometimes incredible, are set in Britain, also in the USA and in Canada. The book has a Christian appeal as the motivation for many was Jesus' command to 'love your enemy'."