Book Review: Mischka’s War


Mischka’s War

A European Odyssey of the 1940s
by Sheila Fitzpatrick

Melbourne University Publishing

Melbourne University Press
Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 03 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Mischka’s War through Melbourne University Press and Netgalley:

Misha was born in Riga, Latvia in 1922.  In 1940 Mischka had just finished school and started his first job at Riga’s State Electrotechnical Factory.

Olga and Arpad Danos were married around 1920.  Arpad sound success with a singing career until he lost his voice, then he lost both his singing career and his wealth.  But in 1926 the family still had their wealth and was able for the family to spend a year in Italy.

On June.22.1941 Operation Barbosa was launched against the Soviet’s.

Mary and Olga were pure ethnic Latvians, but they did not agree with the Nazi’s persecution and acted accordingly.  Mary hid Jews in her apartment and was arrested on March.18.1943.

All three of the Danos brothers were of call up age but none of them wanted to serve in the German army.  Jan was the first one to get into real trouble he was called up in January 1943 and went into hiding for six months but was caught and imprisoned for six months.  In February of 1944 he was released from prison and taken to the hospital where he was treated for Pleurisy.

Misha came before the mobilization commission on December.09.1943 he was temporararily excused   At the end of April 1944 Misha set off to study in Germany.  

Mischka married Helga in 1949.

I give Mischka’s War five out of five stars!

Happy Reading! 

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