Book Focus: Hitler’s Irish Slaves: the story of a lost cousin

David Blake Knox

  

EXTRACT:

When my father died in 2008, he left a mass of papers. Sorting through them, I came across some old press cuttings. One of these, from The Irish Times of 17 May 1945, described the homecoming of a small group of Irish merchant seamen who had just been liberated from a Nazi concentration camp, where they had been part of a slave labour force. One of those who didn’t come home was a relative of mine.
Until then I had assumed that William Hutchinson Knox was an Allied soldier killed during the invasion of Germany—like my Uncle Lesley, who was shot dead by a sniper a few weeks before the war in Europe ended. Now I discovered that the conditions of William’s death were much darker than I had imagined.[…]

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