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June 1942. The shadow of the Third Reich has fallen across the European continent. In desperation, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. The resulting volunteers are a motley group of intellectuals, artists, and athletes, most from Germany and Austria. Many have been interned as enemy aliens, and have lost their families, their homes - their whole worlds. They will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Some simply call them a suicide squad. Drawing on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members, Leah Garrett follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back again, with stops at British internment camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and Holland, and the hellscape of Terezin concentration camp - the scene of one of the most dramatic, untold rescues of the war.



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Leah Garrett

I am a professor at Hunter College in New York City and the director of the Jewish Studies Department there. My research focuses on modern Jewish history and culture. I am currently working on a new book X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War Two to be published in the US with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in the UK with Chatto (Penguin) . I am the author of 4 books. Young Lions: How Jewish Writers Reinvented the American War Novel - which won this year's Jordan Schnitzer book award and was shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award. Journeys Beyond The Pale: Yiddish Travel Writing In The Modern WorldThe Cross And Other Jewish Stories By Lamed ShapiroA Knight At The Opera: Heine, Wagner, Herzl, Pertz and the Legacy of Der Tannhauser



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