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How was once it attainable that the majority of the approximately 300,000 British and American troops who fell into German palms in the course of international warfare II survived captivity in German POW camps and back domestic virtually once the conflict ended? In Confronting Captivity, Arieh J. Kochavi deals a behind-the-scenes examine the residing stipulations in Nazi camps and strains the activities the British and American governments took--and did not take--to make sure the protection in their captured squaddies.

Concern in London and Washington concerning the protection of those POWs was once mitigated by way of the popularity that the Nazi management tended to stick to the Geneva conference while it got here to British and U.S. prisoners. Following the invasion of Normandy, although, Allied apprehension over the protection of POWs become nervousness for his or her very lives. but Britain and the U.S. took the calculated hazard of hoping on a speedy end to the battle because the Soviets approached Germany from the east. eventually, Kochavi argues, it used to be much more likely that the lives of British and American POWs have been spared as a result of their race instead of any activities their governments took on their behalf.

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