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The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground; A Memoir

Morrow. Jan. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780062742193. $28.99. AUTOBIOG
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Originally from an upper-middle-class Jewish family in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland, and the surrounding area), Rosenberg (languages & literature, Bard Coll.) was sent to Paris in his teens to study and to escape increasing violence. Unable to join the French Army because of his Polish birth, Rosenberg eventually joined the French Underground, serving as a recruiter, intelligence operative, and guerilla fighter. He ended the war as an interrogator attached to a U.S. Army tank destroyer battalion. From there, he became a supply officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), helping to rebuild post-war Germany. At long last, he was able to return to the Sorbonne to finish his studies in literature, was offered a teaching position in the United States, and finally found out that his parents and sister—alone of the 68 members of his extended family—survived the war.
VERDICT Rosenberg provides a thrilling account of gut-wrenching wartime experiences; an epilog details what happened to the major players in his life during that time. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in World War II and autobiography.

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