MARTHA GELLHORN’S “A STRICKEN FIELD.”

Mr. Gellhorn’s, “A Stricken Field,” was written in 1938, but it wasn’t published until 1985. It had very little to with the quality of the writing, which I thought was superb, but with the subject matter. The publishers were constantly running into articles about refugees, and Ms. Gellhorn’s book was about the refugees who had to flee from the part of Czechoslovak they lived, which Hitler had annexed under the Big LIE that the Germans in the Sudetenland had been mistreated by the Jews, Communist, and socialist.

The refugees moved into Czechoslovak, into the the city of Prague, and were given very little time to find another country to live in or be send back to the Sudetenland where they would almost certainly be killed. Czechoslovak, for all practically purposes was ruled by the Gestapo, and the Czech. government followed the orders from the Gestapo.

It is under these circumstances that Mary Douglas, an American journalist with a conscience, tried to help these refugees get visas and passports and find another country for them to live in not under the control of the Germans, not a very easy task considering that Britain and France by this time sold their souls to the Germans in the hope of avoiding war.

This is a tragic novel and it is just another reminder of the brutality of the Germans, killing women and children, for absolutely no reason except that they were Jewish, Communist, or Socialist, and how the world’s democracies turned their backs on these atrocious so as to appease Hitler and at a time they could of beat the Germans and possibly have stopped the slaughter tens of millions soldiers, civilians, the disabled and the elderly.

Ms. Gellhorn is probably the most famous female war correspondent of the 20th century, a great writer, and a person who could easily decipher the good guys from the bad, especially since that line wasn’t so visible, until the war became a world war. I highly recommend.

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