In June 1942, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff needed a way to infiltrate Axis territory, but Britain had few soldiers with language and tactical skills. They decided to recruit Jewish refugees from the Kindertransport and internment camps. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with the last surviving members, X-Troop tells the story of these young volunteers who trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, traded in their identities, and became part of a secret commando unit that stopped at nothing to defeat the Nazis on battlefields, in concentration camps, or in face-to-face encounters with commanders.
Leah Garrett is a professor of Jewish Studies at Hunter College. Her previous book, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War, won the 2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award and was a National Jewish Book Award finalist.
Sponsor: University of La Verne