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Escape from Hitler’s Europe

Escape from Hitler's Europe

An American Airman behind Enemy Lines

by George Watt

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

192 pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, photos, maps

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813191768
  • Published: May 2007



"A hell of an adventure story." -- Ring Lardner Jr.

"A story of what is best in human beings triumphing over what is worst." -- John Sayles

November 1943: American flyer George Watt parachutes out of his burning warplane and lands in rural Nazi-occupied Belgium. Escape from Hitler's Europe is the incredible story of his getaway -- how brave villagers spirited him to Brussels to connect with the Comet Line, a rescue arm of the Belgian resistance. This was a gravely dangerous mission, especially for a Jewish soldier who had fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Watt recounts dodging the Gestapo, entering Paris via the underground, and finally, crossing the treacherous Pyrenees into Spain. In 1985, he returned to Belgium and discovered an astonishing postscript to his wartime experiences.