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Enemies in love : a German POW, a black nurse, and an unlikely romance /

by Clark, Alexis [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : The New Press, [2018]Description: xvi, 251 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781620971864; 1620971860.Subject(s): Albert, Elinor Powell, 1921-2005 | Albert, Frederick | United States. Army Nurse Corps -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- Germany -- Biography | Interethnic marriage -- United States | World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, American | HISTORY / African American | HISTORY / United States / 20th Century | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations | Biographies | Biographies
Contents:
Elinor -- Frederick -- Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow -- German POWs in the United States -- Prisoners and nurses -- A forbidden romance -- End of war -- An uncertain future -- Searching for acceptance -- Finally home.
Summary: "This is the nonfiction love story of Elinor Powell, an African American army nurse, and Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war. The two met when black army nurses were put in regular contact with German POWs who were detained in the United States during World War II, an unlikely and little-discussed circumstance during one of the most documented periods in history"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A "New & Noteworthy" selection of The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> "Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history."<br> --Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci<br> <br> "[A]n irresistible human story. . . . Clark's voice is engaging, and her tale universal."<br> --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House<br> <br> A true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden history of race on the home front <p>This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler's army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Elinor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked--and segregated--Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil.</p> <p>Brought together by unlikely circumstances in a racist world, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war.</p> <p>Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court's Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage--revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection during one of history's most violent conflicts.</p>

"This is the nonfiction love story of Elinor Powell, an African American army nurse, and Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war. The two met when black army nurses were put in regular contact with German POWs who were detained in the United States during World War II, an unlikely and little-discussed circumstance during one of the most documented periods in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Elinor -- Frederick -- Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow -- German POWs in the United States -- Prisoners and nurses -- A forbidden romance -- End of war -- An uncertain future -- Searching for acceptance -- Finally home.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Author's Note (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • 1 Elinor (p. 1)
  • 2 Frederick (p. 23)
  • 3 Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow (p. 45)
  • 4 German POWs in the United States (p. 71)
  • 5 Prisoners and Nurses (p. 93)
  • 6 A Forbidden Romance (p. 111)
  • 7 End of War (p. 121)
  • 8 An Uncertain Future (p. 137)
  • 9 Searching for Acceptance (p. 155)
  • 10 Finally Home (p. 177)
  • Postscript (p. 207)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 209)
  • Notes (p. 217)
  • Index (p. 233)

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