The Germans We Trusted: Stories Which Had To Be Told

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This is a book of thirty six true accounts of the friendships that developed between German prisoners of war and their 'enemies' during their captivity. The stories, which are moving, humorous and incredible, are set mostly in Britain but also take place in the USA and Canada. Many of the friendships formed continued long past the end of the War and extended into the next generations. In contrast with many books on war, this book shows what happened when people came face to face with their so-called enemies. The results were surprising. This book shows that friendships offered and received can transcend the hatred and disillusionment of war, and that lasting relationships between individuals can contribute to the long-term reconciliation between countries formerly at war. Including over 170 personal photographs and illustrations, including a colour picture section, this title will be of great interest to those who live in the many specific locations mentioned, both in the United Kingdom and abroad (Germany, US, Canada) and will appeal to those with German connections. It will attract students of war and military history, particularly the generation who lived through WWII. The Germans We Trusted also has a specific Christian appeal as the motivation for many was the command to 'love your enemy'. "Pamela Howe Taylor's book ...shows in three dozen personal stories how individual German prisoners of war managed to establish relationships of trust and friendship". From the Foreword by Douglas Hurd.

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The Foreword is by Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary, who writes, Pamela Taylor's book...shows in three dozen personal stories how individual German POWs managed to establish relationships of trust and friendship...They responded as normal human beings to acts of recognition and kindness.

As the author, I hope that these moving stories will play a part in convincing all of us that what the world needs is not war and preparation for war, but rather individuals who have the insight to see their enemies as fellow members of the human race and have the courage to act accordingly.

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Pamela Howe Taylor saw at first-hand friendships between so-called enemies develop, as she grew up in a family which was very much involved with German POWs. She later had a varied career including teaching, working for the British Methodist Church and the YWCA of great Britain. She retired in 1997, which was the year her first book Enemies Become Friends was published. Since then she has been involved in researching on the subject of friendships with German POWs.

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