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heart breaks he doesn t care A mother s love thrown away like apple with a t care A mother s love thrown away like apple with a Who knew I breaks he doesn t care A mother s love thrown away like an apple with a worm Who knew I be killed by my own flesh and blood in such a way as this Dead of a bro ken heart My first born child he comes to the funeral only to spit on my graveThe con trast between Nazi Ger many and Amer ica is also very poignant in the book Kurt s fam ily had to bribe their way out of Ger man Kojiki you d think they d be happy to let them go and when they got to Amer ica even though pen ni less they appre ci ated what they hadMr Kann does not ask for for give ness or under stand ing per son ally I don t think he has done any thing wrong but sim ply tells his story shar ing it with the world I per son ally found Mr Kann s story awe inspir ing reflec tive and almost unbelievableThe book is pep pered with GI slang and phrases in French and Ger man which I liked the writ ing is engross ing and very good for a first time author While I felt that the book lacked some insight I cer tainly was not dis ap pointed in this fan tas tic storyThe author admits in the book that this mem oir is based on a true story While Mr Kann s mem ory is sharp there were some dis crep an cies in the inter views with Mr Kann or some dia logue is fic tion al ize the point still stands Read ing the mem oir was like sit ting with Mr Kann over a beer while he tells his talesFor reviews and bookish thoughts please visit Almost aear ago I received a reuest to read this book from the author I m ashamed that it had to wait that long to be read but I don t get paid to read so sometimes gems like this just have to waitThe Locksmith follows the story of Kurt Kann from Jewish boyhood in Nazi Germany to adulthood in the US army fighting with the allied forces during WWII At the beginning of The Locksmith we meet Kurt a 16 The Ultimate EU Test Book Administrators 2020 year old Jewish boy who is studying to become a locksmith When it becomes apparent that bad things are underfoot that the Nazi party are begining to make sweeping changes to the way Jewish citizens live Kurt abandons his studies makes his way back home to save his familyHe arrives back at the family home to discover that he s potentially too late his dad has been taken away to a concentration camp his mother has been assaulted their house destroyed his little brother left a mere shell of the boy he used to be Kurt sets out to get his Dad back find a way to get his family out of Germany before it is too late Flash forward a fewears the Kanns have gone from a family of wealth influence to penniless in the USA Then the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour Kurt much to his parents dismay decides to enlist in the US army eventually succeeds He suffers through basic training advanced training gets promoted to Captain before his platoon is sent overseasKurt is eventually deployed to the beaches of Normandy where we get a vivid recounting of the sweeping of the beaches the devastation of the injured maimed killed soldiers Bodies on stretchers bodies wrapped in blankets bodies in white body bags bodies under cardboard boxes bodies exposed to the sun Men wrapped in bloody gauze men missing limbs men missing eyes men blown apart men ripped in two From France Kurt his men march into Belgium then on to Germany meeting the advancing Soviet forces liberating Jews righting wrongs where hethey can I stood in the passenger seat of the jeep the setting sun glinted off a high barbed wire fence Inside men rattled the fence and shouted to us The jeep rumbled to a stop about 50 ards from the pen I shouted in German Wer bist du Juden They re Jews I said Maybe this is one of those camps said Levine Kurt eventually makes his way to his home town where he seeks his revenge for the way his family was treated both by the Nazi party the normal German citizens who did nothing to stop it The retelling is vivid Kurt makes no apologies for what he did in seeking retributionI found The Locksmith a joy to read I loved Kurt his efforts his outlook on life I rooted for him to succeed But at the same time I found myself scared for Kurt scared of where his temper his need for revenge would take him saddened by where his choices lead I devoured The Locksmith often found myself thinking about what a great movie Kurt s story would make I even envisioned who would play the parts of Kurt his brother mother father Army colleaguesIt wasn t until after I finished reading The Locksmith while reading the author s notes that I realised something I had known all along but had forgotten before reading that this is a memoire that Kurt really exists To me that realisation made this story all the bette. Ans and broken hearts in his wake Nothing will satisfy him but a final showdown with the Superintendent who betrayed his family that fateful night in November 1938 In the battle for one man's soul will Kurt succumb to blood lust and vengeance or transcend cruelty and injustice to achieve understanding and something like love. .
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s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review this disclosure is in accordance with thepublisher and publicist or the readers of this review this disclosure is in accordance with the Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Very few memoirs interest me and so it goes I present before ou all The Locksmith by Lafe Metz as told by Kurt Mann Here is the summary of the book Kristallnacht Midnight Sixteen Islamic Dynasties A Chronological and Genealogical Handbook Islamic Surveys year old Kurt Kann hurtles 300 miles across Germany on a motorcycle to protect his family from the unbottled fury of the Third Reich But he arrives too late Kurt finds their apartment ransacked and his family gone His mother has been brutalized his little brother traumatized his father imprisoned in Dachau With daring and ingenuity Kurt suppresses his own terror to defy the Nazi regime in a desperate struggle to win his family s freedom and secure passage to America Years later as a Sergeant in the 203d Engineer Combat Battalion Kurt leads his suad onto Omaha Beach He marches across the continent leaving dead Germans and broken hearts in his wake Nothing will satisfy him but a final showdown with the Superintendent who betrayed his family that fateful night in November 1938 In the battle for one man s soul will Kurt succumb to blood lust and vengeance or transcend cruelty and injustice to achieve understanding and something like loveTold through the pen of Lafe Metz by Kurt Mann it speaks of the locksmith a true story of aoung Kurt Jewish in the Nazi Germany Our tale begins in Kristallnacht hurrying home to in order to protect his family but he is a little bit too late His apartments have already been searched and ransacked and his family in shambles with his father imprisoned in Dachau Hearing of the wrong done upon his family Kurt is upset but rises to the occasion and is determined to get his father out of the concentration camp and avenge her mother s embarrassment After successfully getting his family to America through the bribe money they decide to start anew there But trouble arises again with the pearl harbor under attack and revenge against the superintendent who had betrayed his family to the Nazis in mind Kurt returns to Germany to attain his goalThe two world wars were a difficult time certainly I was not born then but I had read enough history books to know that war times are the harshest and WWII is well by far a disastrous time of the age Nazi Germany were not only a ruthless bunch but every thing that had happened under Hitler s rule definitely does not paint Germany in good light and especially against the Jews there So to get to read a true count of Mr Mann who was successful enough to evade that and escape to America and there after returning to Germany as an American soldier well the details speak for themselves those were harsh timesAlthough at times certain points could have used a bit details but nevertheless the book truly had us transferred to the Nazi era and all of Kurt Mann s struggle against them in order to keep his family safe were awe inspiring A true encounter to look at The Lock smith by Lafe Metz is the mem oir of Kurt Kann a Ger man born Amer i can solider dur ing World War II The story is told through the eyes of Mr KannKurt Kann rides a motor cy cle across Ger man to pro tect his Jew ish fam ily dur ing Kristall nacht How ever Kurt arrives too late find ing his father gone his mother bru tal ized and his brother traumatizedKurt doesn t for give or for get and as a sergeant in the 203rd Engi neer Com bat Bat tal ion he leads his suad onto Omaha Beach Lead ing his men across the con ti nent Kurt s ulti mate goal is to find the man who betrayed his fam ily that one fate ful nightThe Lock smith by Lafe Metz is the engross ing story of Kurt Kann the kind of sto ries Un Nol River Falls you only see in the movies and tellour self if it could only be true The story is mov ing funny and tells of lost inno cent and grow ing up in an ugly worldThere are many high lights in this book the first hand account of the Allied inva sion at Omaha Beach the lib er a tion of con cen tra tion camps and the grown up Sergeant Kann s reunion with his fam ily and con fronta tion with the man who brought much mis ery the his loved onesMr Kann is a human being which comes across very clearly in the nar ra tive He has dreams night mares and fears He is not Cap tain Amer ica punch ing Hitler but a man who truly believes he is fight ing evil incar nate Along the way Mr Kann tells about his fam ily and even about the moth erly Jew ish guilt trip he gets after telling his par ents he joined the US Army after Pearl HarborGo to our silly Ed in Dachau With daring and ingenuity Kurt suppresses his own terror to defy the Nazi regime in a desperate struggle to win his family's freedom and secure passage to America Years later as a Sergeant in the 203d Engineer Combat Battalion Kurt leads his suad onto Omaha Beach He marches across the continent leaving dead Germ. Amazing story of a holocaust survivor I recommend it to Great book For anyone considering it I recommend reading this review book For anyone considering it I recommend reading review the Seattle Post Intelligencer Told to Lafe Metz by Kurt Kann The Locksmith tells the true story of Kurt as a oung Jewish man in Nazi Germany It begins on Kristallnacht with Kurt hurrying home to protect his parents from the Gestapo When he arrives at their apartment it has already been searched and trashed father has been arrested Kurt is told about the arrest by his ounger brother who also explains that their mother was attacked and
humiliated by the German soldiers who came to search the apartment After hearingby the German soldiers who came to search the apartment After hearing this Kurt becomes very upset and vows to get his father out of Dachau the concentration camp where he has been sent and to get revenge for his mother s embarrassment Later after succeeding in getting the bribe money to obtain travel visas and his father s release Kurt and his family move to America where they begin to create a new life for themselves Soon however their peace is shattered when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America joins the war against Germany Kurt remembers his vow to take revenge on the superintendent who led the raid against his family and returns to his homeland as an enemy an American soldierI m fascinated by all stories of WWII so when the author of this novel contacted me for a review I happily accepted It was interesting to read about a person who escaped Nazi Germany only to return fighting on the opposite side Reading this novel was as if I were sitting down with Kurt himself and he was the one telling me his story About halfway through the book I realized that I had been reading for hours and was looking forward to finding out how all of it would end and what would happen to Kurt and his family At times I wanted a bit detail and development but overall I really enjoyed hearing Kurt s story and was amazed by all he went through For those of ou who do not like a lot of swearing there is uite a bit in this book but keep in mind soldiers curse A lot I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good war story And when he gets to Heaven To St Peter he will tell One Marine reporting Sir I ve served my time in Hell Sgt James A Donahue First Marine DivisionI hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can only as one who has seen its brutality its futility its stupidity General Dwight D Eisenhoweras a teenager Kurt Kann witnessed the atrocities committed by the Nazis his determination to survive and flee from the horrors of the Third Reich bears fruit when Kurt and his family begin a new life in the United States of America The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics years later he enlists in the Army and returns to Germany to confront a man who betrayed his family during Kristallnachtauthor Lafe Metz novel is a biographical account of Kurt s experiences during the Second World War it is a moving true story of a boy whose innocence was shattered whose world suddenly lost its beauty and whose beliefs were compromisedKurt s story though is not all about hate revenge and man s propensity for destruction there are also tender and amusing recollections from his childhood and his job as a plumber s assistant one particular incident that really struck me was how Kurt recounted his first taste of Coca Cola with hisounger brother i found this memory so poignant somehow and something i kept in mind and returned to as i continued to read about Kurt s life as a soldier it was such a striking contrast the boy that was and the man that he had becomeamong the highlights of the book are graphic descriptions of the Allied invasion of German occupied France at Omaha Beach rescuing concentration camp survivors and women who were kept in cages women caged like animals during the war was something i have not heard of before their inhuman treatment and living conditions were downright appalling and set my teeth on edge overall Kurt s memoir is a spectrum of warm and dark colors that reflect darkness and light i did not see him asking for compassion or forgiveness neither did i sense that he was asking for understanding he just wanted to share his memories as he recalled them to anyone willing to listeni listened and i have read and i make no judgment on Kurt s actions life dealt him with a different deck of cards he did what he had to do and he lived to tell about it Disclosure of Material Connection i received a copy The Locksmith from the author himself i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree wi. Kristallnacht Midnight Sixteen ear old Kurt Kann hurtles 300 miles across Germany on a motorcycle to protect his family from the unbottled fury of the Third Reich But he arrives too late Kurt finds their apartment ransacked and his family gone His mother has been brutalized his little brother traumatized his father imprison.