In May of 1945, Joe Rubinstein walked out of a Nazi concentration camp.
For over 70 years, his remarkable story was hidden from the world.
Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, German soldiers forced twenty-one year-old Icek "Joe" Rubinsztejn onto a crowded, open-air truck. The next day, several around him were dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe-much worse.
Joe arrived at Auschwitz on April 30, 1942. It would be seven decades before he revealed how he survived several of the most notorious concentration camps. His is an inspiring narrative; a story of reliance, endurance, courage and faith.
Barefooted when he was seized by the Nazis, Joe became one of New York's leading shoe designers-working with companies whose shoes were sought after by First Ladies and movie stars alike. Joe's story bears witness to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. While the Nazis took everything else, they were unable to take his unassailable joy.
Joe's story is one of discovering light in the darkest of places, an inspiration for us all.
Running Toward Danger is a book that will shock you, give you chills, and make you cheer! It is one of the least-known and least-presented major awards offered by the Boy Scouts of America. But similar to the Eagle Scout medal, it also is highly celebrated--perhaps more.
It's the Honor Medal for Lifesaving.
In its various forms, it embodies the Medal of Merit for saving a life, the Honor Medal for doing so at personal risk, and the Honor Medal with crossed palms for extreme personal risk--all that has made Scouting an honored American icon for over a century. During those decades, a little more than a thousand of the highest medals have been awarded to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, and adult volunteers. And every one of those rescues is an unforgettable story.
Featuring a remarkably unique and cutting edge layout with original Marvel-style imagery, Running Toward Danger is the first book that tells the extraordinary saga of Scouting's Honor Medal recipients and how the award itself transformed American life. It is the product of extensive original research into the BSA's national archives, vintage newspaper accounts, and interviews of recent recipients. The narrative includes more than 150 accounts of the most remarkable and hair-raising Honor Medal rescues of the last century. Also, it uncovers the crisis in the early days of the award that ultimately changed the direction of Scouting and brought intensive first aid, lifesaving, and safety training to the nation's youth.
Running Toward Danger is filled with extraordinary characters. First among equals is the buckskinned sophisticate, co-founder of Scouting, and friend of U.S. presidents, Daniel Carter Beard, who created the Honor Medal and then nearly drove it to disaster. But there also are hundreds of young men and women who find themselves in the most terrifying situations imaginable, fly into action, and not only survive but also save others in the process. It is a narrative that swings from a lonely, lightning-scorched mountain top to an isolated farmhouse, to crowded urban neighborhoods, to shark-filled waters-- each story presenting its own dangers that demands a clear-minded and smart strategy, requiring an abundance of bravery from its young rescuers.
For Scouts and their families these stories are the best lessons imaginable on what makes Scouting great and what the character-building training programs of the Boy Scouts of America develop in young people. But this also is a book for all Americans that celebrates the courage and resourcefulness of our nation's youth. You never will forget these remarkable stories of young people who, when met with the ultimate challenge, don't hesitate to run toward danger to help others.
AWARD WINNER: 2016 BEST BOOK AWARDS HISTORY: MILITARY
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates North and South Korea and is the most defended border in the world
Both sides have dug their heels in and fortified the DMZ with defensive positions, mines and booby traps, missiles, and soldiers as they remain vigilant for the recommencement of a war that never ended.
READ ABOUT THE DANGEROUS JOB OF OUR SOLDIERS IN KOREA ON THE DMZ!
The soldiers were responsible for enforcing the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. The North Koreans violated it almost daily sending spies, marauders, hit squads, and ambush patrols into the southern controlled portion of the DMZ in their never-ending effort to destabilize South Korea and cause its collapse. Their blatant violations of the agreement has left a bloody trail of dead bodies that includes many American soldiers. This book takes the reader on a journey through the history of the Cold War and the defense of the DMZ from the perspective of nine American veterans, and eleven tours, who served in different capacities in South Korea from 1962 through 1991.
Ground zero for a nuclear war was just over an hour northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. The small town of Fulda is nestled at the base of a natural gap in the hilly wooded terrain of West Germany and was a corridor between East and West Germany. Referred to as the Fulda Gap, this corridor was very likely the path the Warsaw forces and the Soviet Union would have taken to invade Europe.
The following is a historical look at the Cold War in Germany through the careers of seventeen veterans who served there. These are their stories as they prepared to defend the Fulda Gap and ground zero”
The brave men and women who served in West Germany were the first line of defense against the enemy horde that would come through the gap if hostilities ever began. Their mission was to hold that advancing horde for forty-eight hours until reinforcements arrived. None of them were expected to survive an invasion and they all knew it. This was what they had enlisted for, it was their job, and they did it proudly.
After moving from Nebraska, Inez Howell, daughter of a Midwestern doctor, had high hopes for their new life in Seattle, a progressive city in 1907. Trusting that she and her husband, Lewis, shared the same goals, they built a home on Queen Anne Hill with a view of Elliott Bay. She made sure their oldest daughter, Mary, pursued a teaching degree at the University of Washington, while Inez joined a church and a women’s literary group. If anyone had told her she would soon be living in a primitive environment with no telephones, electricity, church, library, or full-time school, she would not have believed them. Travel with the Howell family and share their experiences.
The Heroes of Hosingen is the untold story of what happened in the frontline village of Hosingen, Luxembourg, the last garrison of the 110th Infantry Regiment to fall in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge. It was here that 300 men would make a historic stand against an army of up to 5,000 of Hitler’s elite Germans soldiers, supported by as many as twenty superior German tanks at times and artillery. K Company, under the command of Capt. Frederick Feiker, Capt. William Jarrett and 125 men from Company B, 103rd Engineers Battalion, the 2nd and 3rd platoons of M Company (heavy weapons company for the battalion), 2nd platoon of 630th Tank Destroyer Company, twenty men from a “Raider” unit and five tanks from A Company, 707th Tank Battalion, worked together to make it as difficult as possible for the German army to move its men and equipment past the village on their way to Bastogne. These brave men carried out their “Hold at all cost” orders” until they had exhausted all their resources, leaving an estimated 2000 Germans lying dead or wounded in the open fields that surrounded the village. Abandoned by the division’s other units, surrounded and out of ammunition, food and water, Captains Feiker and Jarrett waved the white flag and surrendered their units to the Nazis mid-day on December 18, 1944. Unfortunately, Middleton's “Hold at all cost” order had grave consequences as their lives were now in the hands of their captors. Forced to endure the unimaginable to survive, eight of Hosingen's Heroes tell their stories of forced marches for hundreds of miles during the coldest winter on record, starvation and physical and emotional abuse. It is hard to deny that these brave men of the 110th earned their place in the history books. They had tenaciously fought off Hitler’s massive assault for two and half days, sacrificing themselves for time, and in doing so, some argue helped change the course of the war. Their delaying actions helped stall the advance of Hitler’s army long enough to allow the 101st Airborne to arrive at and defend the critical crossroads city of Bastogne on December 18, before the bulk of Hitler’s forces could arrived.
This fifth book in the Aunt Phil's Trunk Alaska history series features dozens of short stories and hundreds of historical photographs that share Alaska's past from 1960 to 1984. This volume the highlights the first 25 years of statehood when the optimistic citizens of the Great Land created a government from scratch in just a few years and dealt with many challenges.
Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Five shares firsthand accounts of survivors who experienced the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and the devastating tsunamis that followed that 9.2 temblor. It also features stories about the discovery of black gold on the North Slope in the late 1960s, and how Alaska's Native people fought for their land and won the largest settlement ever granted Native Americans. That agreement cleared the way for oil companies to build an 800-mile pipeline through some of the most rugged and remote country in the world during the 1970s.
Alaskans also learned that evil lurked under the midnight sun in the 1980s, as they ended the first 25 years of statehood with six mass murders.
Americana A Civics Handbook, Second Edition is new and improved. With about 100 additional pages, there is so much more information! As in the first edition, there is a concise, chronological accounting, focusing on the early years of America. Included are narrative facts from Colonial times and the Revolutionary War era, leading up to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Bill of Rights. Also included is information about the Presidents, First Ladies, the Original Thirteen Colonies, Three Branches of Government, the Fifty States, National Symbols, Electoral College and more. Additionally, the U.S. Citizenship Test of 100 questions (with and without the answers) is newly included, and is excellent for civics studies as well an an aid to citizenship studies. There is a special note on the National Parks...their history and how they preserve our American heritage. There are so many sites of historic importance as well as areas of natural beauty preserved for our benefit. There are lists of the National Parks related to Colonial and Revolutionary War times, Sites of Remembrance (for our Veterans), and of our most cherished National Parks. There are over 50 pages of historical sketches and images - with new images and more descriptions about them.