Unlikely Warrior - A Jewish Soldier in Hitler's Army


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By Georg Rauch

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  • "I can imagine that had he been there, Hitler wouldn't have been very gratified to catch sight of me, since I definitely didn't conform his ideal type. I measured only five feet ten inches tall, and my hair was a wild tangle of black curls. My eyes looked green or gray, depending upon the light, and the rest of my features were decidedly non-Aryan." (Rauch IXX Prologue)
  • Exposition
  • "I don't feel able to become an officer in the German Army because I have Jewish blood." (Rauch 4)
  • Conflict
  • Flashback
  • "How utterly hopeless I had felt the day the draft notice finally appeared in our mailbox! Though I was used to enjoying the deep, dreamless sleep of the young, that night I lay awake for long hours thinking of where I could hide myself so I wouldn't have to become a German soldier." (Rauch 5-6)
  • "The eastbound train rolled on. During the next day, the sixth since our departure, we passed more and more burned out railroad cars next to the tracks. Trenches, riddled army vehicles, exploded tanks, and small knolls topped with primitive crosses and rusty helmets became more constant features of the landscape. It was on that evening that I heard for the first time a deep and sinister rumbling that continued without pause. It was the front. " (Rauch 39)
  • Rising Action
  • Climax
  • "As I pulled myself onto the bank, a clean young Russian soldier was already standing in front of me, his sub machine gun pointed at my chest. Holding my hands in the air, I tottered up the slope and forward into a highly uncertain future." (Rauch 208)
  • Escaped from the German line of duty, captured by the Russians.......
  • Falling Action
  • "During one of his visits, Dr. Petrovsky established the fact that I also had pleurisy. The fever continued to rise. I had excruciating chest pains and more and more difficulty breathing. The complete loss of appetite and the diarrhea had weakened me to such a degree that I was no longer able to sit up in bed without help." (Rauch 254)
  • "Then they pulled a long white linen nightshirt over my head, laid me on a large, soft bed, and covered me with a eiderdown comforter. Everything was white and soft and clean, and I was shaking uncontrollably. My mother fed me warm farina pudding with a spoon while the tears rolled down my cheeks. I pulled the quilt over my head and sobbed like a little child." (Rauch 316 Last Paragraph)
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