28 2021

X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII with author Leah Garrett

7:30PM - 8:30PM  

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This event is brought to you by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & Simon Family JCC's Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.

The incredible World War II saga of the German-Jewish commandos who fought in Britain's most secretive special-forces unit - but whose story has gone untold until now. 

In the desperation of June 1942, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top-secret until becomes known as X Troop. Drawing on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members, Garrett follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back. 

Leah Garrett is a professor at Hunter College. Her last book, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel, won and was short-listed for several major literary awards. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.