Books: Wolves & Women

TOKEN OF A COVENANT by Hans Graf von Lehndorff. 328 pages. Regnery. $5.95.

Early in 1945, the conquering Russian army surged into East Prussia and besieged the fortress city of Konigsberg. Some of the panicky citizens committed suicide. Others began learning welcoming phrases in Russian. Count von Lehndorff, a civilian surgeon, awaited the end with Christian resignation and continued operating on wounded soldiers and civilians until a shell dismantled his surgery. A woman told him, "Our Führer will never permit the Russians to get us; he'd rather gas us first."

When the Russians finally broke...

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