A Soldier's Promise: The Alvin W. Shipman Story
by Shirley Shipman Johnson;Houston R Davis (9781583850121)

A Soldier's Promise: The Alvin W. Shipman Story
 
Shirley Shipman Johnson;Houston R Davis
Release Date: 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
Category: Military
Publisher: Cold Tree Press
ISBN: 9781583850121
ISBN-10: 1583850120



This real life drama, "A Soldier's Promise: The Alvin W. Shipman Story, "containing the only confession by a Nazi death camp commander known toexist, chronicles the turbulent years of World War II as seen through theeyes of Sgt. Alvin W. Shipman and his new bride, Inez. Each relives theirmemories, as they come to grips with the reality of conflict and hisdivision's final assault on Nazi-controlled Europe. Sgt. Shipman is unaware he is about to take part in an event that willchange his life forever - the liberation of the previously unknown deathcamp, Mauthausen. As he repatriates those in the camp, he befriends two former prisoners, Charles Pilarski and an angelic, ten-year-old boy, Hans Schmidt. In spite of his best efforts, he must leave Hans behind as he departsfor home. But it is the promise that he will smuggle out a small bookprinted, by Charles, inside the prison and share it with the world, whichtears at his conscience as long as he lives. The last chapter of this book is that small book containing theword-for-word deathbed confession, fifty-eight years later, photographed andpublished for the first time, just as Charles Pilarski translated it.In this way, Sgt. Alvin W. Shipman finally keeps 'A Soldier's Promise.'

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