The Mascot

The Mascot

Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood

Book - 2007
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A survival story, a grim fairy-tale, and a psychological drama, this memoir asks provocative questions about identity, complicity, and forgiveness. When a Nazi death squad raided his Latvian village, Jewish five-year-old Alex escaped. After surviving the winter by foraging for food and stealing clothes off dead soldiers, he was discovered by a Latvian SS unit. Not knowing he was Jewish, they made him their mascot, dressing the little "corporal" in uniform and toting him from massacre to massacre. When the war ended he was sent to Australia with a family of Latvian refugees. Fearful of discovery--as either a Jew or a Nazi--Alex kept the secret of his childhood, even from his family. But he grew tormented and determined to uncover the story of his past. Shunned by a local Holocaust organization, he reached out to his son Mark for help in reclaiming his identity.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670018260
0670018260
Branch Call Number: 92 K9679m 2007
Characteristics: ix, 418 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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AL_KATI Oct 04, 2016

I read this in a single afternoon, absolutely absorbed in this account, especially because there is some controversy over the truthfulness. Either way, read it!

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blackiecat
Aug 15, 2008

I could not put this book down. Just as it started to seem too improbable, the work of an overactive imagination, the author supplies documentation and photos to prove that his narrative is true.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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