A NIGHT OF WATCHING by Elliott Arnold

A NIGHT OF WATCHING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Arnold, who gave the Indians back to America in Blood Brother, now pays tribute to the nationals of Denmark in a Uris type novel about Denmark's resistance to the extermination of its Jews by the Nazis. The Jews have had immunity during the four years of the Occupation but now Hitler has defaulted on his original promise and on Rosh Hashanah a round-up is to take place. This is based on the historical fact; more than 8000 Jews reached Sweden and safety (via freight cars or fishing boats) and less than 500 were sent to a concentration camp. Representing the Fuhrer is one Colonel Buhle of the Gestapo; heading the Danish resistance is a business man, quiet, anti-heroic Peter Hansen; and in between there is a large cast of characters without a single characterization as the story is told shifting from one to another, synthesizing and synchronizing this particular story. It is adequately readable and eminently forgettable.

Pub Date: July 10th, 1967
Publisher: Scribners