Books: War Diary

MY WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES— Ludwig Bemelmans—Viking ($2.50).

Recalling the World War years, most German-Americans agree that their neighbors' spy hysteria shattered not only their nerves but, for a time, their faith in the U. S. as well. Yet during that frantic period, Austrian Immigrant Ludwig Bemelmans, a 19-year-old U. S. Army recruit whose English could barely be understood, almost completely escaped the spy mania and acquired an affection for the U. S. that embraced factory landscapes, a "wondrously beautiful" prostitute and the insane. My War with the United States, a translation of...

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