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Return to the Reich

A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis
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The remarkable story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany only to return as an American commando on a secret mission behind enemy lines.

Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was 16, his family made the decision to flee to the United States - they were among the last German Jews to escape in 1938.

In America, Freddy tried enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor, only to be rejected as an “enemy alien” because he was German. He was soon recruited to the OSS, the country’s first spy outfit before the CIA. Freddy, joined by Dutch Jewish refugee Hans Wynberg and Nazi defector Franz Weber, parachuted into Austria as the leader of Operation Greenup, meant to deter Hitler’s last stand. 

There, he posed as a Nazi officer and a French POW for months, dispatching reports to the OSS via Hans holed up with a radio in a nearby attic. The reports contained a goldmine of information, provided key intelligence about the Battle of the Bulge, and allowed the Allies to bomb 20 Nazi trains. 

On the verge of the Allies victory, Freddy was captured by the Gestapo and tortured and waterboarded for days. Remarkably, he persuaded the Nazi commander for the region to surrender, completing one of the most successful OSS missions of the war.

Based on years of research and interviews with Mayer himself, whom the author was able to meet only months before his death at the age of 94, Return to the Reich is an enlightening, unforgettable narrative of World War II heroism.

©2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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  • 17/12/2019

errors with narration

Great all around book but the narration is missing many pages at the end of chapter 5

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  • 03/12/2019

Eye opening

An amazing work that tells part of the world’s darker history and how one man changed the final days of World War 2. His acts shortened the war possibly by months and saved thousands of American and allied lives. If you’re on the edge, just buy this book you won’t be disappointed! It’s truly an eye opening and amazing piece that tells the story of a man that deserves to be heard.

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