Stanley Ellenbogen, a diminutive teenager from Brooklyn, was a member of the 106th American infantry division, which was shipped to Europe in December 1944. This division, barely combat ready, was placed for safety in a quiet sector of the front.

      Less than a week later a massive German army blasted through the American lines in that very sector. It was the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest in American history. Stanley's division was destroyed. He and more than 8000 other men were commanded to surrender in less than four days.

      Stanley was sent all the way across Germany to a POW camp near the Czechoslovakian border, where he was forced to build tank traps. Then it was a race. Which would come first: the invading Russian army, or death from starvation and overwork?

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