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Suddenly an Englishman By Louis Hagan

Suddenly an Englishman By Louis Hagan


Category War Memoirs, Autobiography, True Stories


About Suddenly an Englishman


Celebrated journalist and author Louis Hagen escaped Nazi Germany, emigrating and starting a new life in England. But when war was declared in 1941, Louis found himself on the front lines in Arnhem, as well as billeted amongst the poverty of Kolkata. A story of riches to rags and back again, Suddenly an Englishman shows how luck and determination played a part in one Jewish German's life during and after the Nazi regime.


About Louis Hagan


Louis Hagen was a teenage German Jewish refugee, a British army glider pilot at Arnhem, a journalist, writer and children's film producer. He had a spectacular life. Born in Potsdam, near Berlin, he and his four siblings grew up in a Bauhaus-style villa built by their father, a banker with bohemian leanings. Louis was always known as "Büdi", a diminutive of brüderlein , or little brother. His blissful childhood was shattered in 1934 when, aged 15, he was thrown into Schloss Lichtenburg concentration camp. A housemaid had denounced him to her Nazi boyfriend after finding a postcard he had sent his sister with an anti-Nazi joke on it.

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