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The Search for Major Plagge:

The Nazi Who Saved Jews

Paperback (288 pages), kindle
The amazing story of the German commander of a Lithuanian work camp who saved hundreds of Jewish lives in the Vilna ghetto - including the life of the author's mother.

The Search for Major Plagge:

When The Search for Major Plagge was published last spring, the world finally learned about a unique hero - and about one American doctor's extraordinary journey to tell Karl Plagge's story. Part detective story, part personal quest, Michael Good's book is the story of the German commander of a Lithuanian work camp who saved hundreds of Jewish lives in the Vilna ghetto - including the life of Good's mother, Pearl.

Who was this enigmatic officer Pearl Good had spoken of so often? After five years of research-interviewing survivors, assembling a team that could work to open German files untouched for fifty years, following every lead he could, Good was able to uncover the amazing tale of one man's remarkable courage. And in April 2005 Karl Plagge joined Oskar Schindler and 380 other Germans as a Righteous among Nations, honored by the State of Israel for protecting and saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

This expanded edition features new photographs and a new epilogue on the impact of the discovery of Karl Plagge - especially the story of 83-year-old Alfons von Deschwanden, who, after fifty years of silence, came forward as a veteran of Plagge's unit. His testimony is now part of this growing witness to truth.

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  • 27 Mar 43: SS carries out a "Kinder Aktion" while Plagge is away on leave and is unable to prevent the atrocity.
  • 16 Sep 43: As the Vilna Ghetto is about to be liquidated, Plagge forms a free-standing Slave Labor Camp into which he moves over 1,000 Jews to relative safety.
  • 01 Jul 44: Plagge gives coded speech to inmates, warning that the SS will be coming in to kill them, thus allowing many of them to survive by hiding.

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