Essay Battle Of The Jew With The Iron Cross

1039 Words Sep 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch was published in 2015, but was originally released under the title of The Jew with the Iron Cross: A Record of Survival in WWII Russia in 2006. The memoir was written about Rauch’s experiences as a telegraphist in the Nazi Army during World War II. The majority of the book takes place at the Russian front throughout the years of 1943 to -45.
Though minor characters that played a role in his life at the front enter the story, the main protagonist of the memoir is Georg Rauch himself. He faces off against the Russian army on many different occasions as they are the main antagonists of the account. However, through it all, Rauch remains true to his character. Rauch is a strong person, always trying to keep an upbeat attitude despite the horrible conditions he faces. He remains steadfast in his friendships, and always tries to bring humor to situations. Although, he is quite positive throughout the war, all Rauch wants to do is return home to his family. He fights with all of his strength so his mother doesn’t have to go through the pain of losing her only son. That is what drives Georg Rauch, what keeps him going, no matter how much he struggles. During the whole of the memoir, Rauch struggles with survival, as he watches his comrades and friends fall by the hands of the Russians. He also struggles internally, knowing that the senseless killing of war is wrong, but that is the only way he can survive and return…

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