Before Their Time: A Memoir
by Robert Kotlowitz
In this memoir of a teenage infantryman in the US 3rd Army during
World War II, Kotlowitz brings to life the harrowing story of the massacre of his platoon
in northeastern France, in which he, by playing dead, was the only one to survive.
Recommended June 28, 1999 by Bayonet :
FINALLY, it's in paperback...and man, oh man, what a story! This one
was well worth the wait. If you guys liked "Roll Me Over"
and "If You Survive", you have got
to get a copy of Before Their Time by Robert Kotlowitz.
His book is a wry, but sobering account of his experiences as a
nineteen-year-old Jewish GI thrown into a squad made up of some unforgettable, all too
human characters all trying to cope with army life, the enemy, and each
other. Kotlowitz writes of training exercises gone awry, the indignities of living in
close quarters with incompatible companions, the absurdity of poor leadership, the allure
of France, the fear of battle, the horror of an ill-fated attack at Bezange-la-petite, and
his subsequent coping in its aftermath in an easy-to-read style that's surprisingly
personal, often amusing, and deeply affecting as well.
To get a better feel for what it must have been like to go through the war
as a young every-man, I suspect you'd have to enter a time tunnel and hit the recruiter's
office. This one's well worth your thirteen bucks, believe me.
||Paperback: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.61 x 7.98 x 5.22 |
||Publisher: Anchor Books; ; Reprint edition (June 15, 1999) |
||ISBN: 0385496036 |
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