Recommended Reading - In the Shadow of the Swastika

Herman Wygoda was known first as a Warsaw ghetto smuggler, then as Comandante Enrico. He traveled under false identity papers and worked at a German border patrol station. Throughout the years of the Holocaust, Hermann Wygoda lived a life of narrow escapes, daring masquerades, and battles that almost defy reason.

In the Shadow of the Swastika tells the story of a Polish Jew whose harrowing wartime adventures reached their amazing end when he received the American Bronze Star from Gen. Mark Clark in June 1946.

Wygoda kept a journal during the time he spent in the mountains of northern Italy, where he rose from commanding a platoon to leading a division of nearly twenty-five hundred partisans that ultimately liberated the city of Savona.

In 1993, eleven years after his death, his children began their quest to share their father's journal and the rest of his story with a wider audience.

Unique among Holocaust memoirs, In the Shadow of the Swastika celebrates the memory of a man who received decorations from three Western powers and who, years later, was honored posthumously by the Italian city he helped liberate.