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Enemies are Human.

PABEL Reinhold (1955.)

£60.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo., quarter red cloth over black cloth boards, dust jacket. Philadelphia, The John C. Winston Company.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'To Eric Williams - from one escaper to another - why don't we have an International Brotherhood of War Time Escapees with us as charter members Reinhold Pabel September 30, 1958'. Eric Williams was a Royal Air Force officer who famously escaped, with two fellow officers, from Stalag Luft III and made his way back to Britain. His novelisation of the escape, 'The Wooden Horse', is one of the most famous accounts in escape literature, of which Williams owned a large collection. Pabel, a wartime sergeant in Hitler's First Army, who saw service on the Russian Front and in the Italian Campaign, escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Illinois, and quietly made himself into a model US citizen, becoming Philip Brick, the owner of a bookshop in Chicago's North Side. In 1953 he was arrested by the FBI and sent back to Germany, but after six months he returned to the USA, but eventually went to Hamburg, where he opened an antiquarian bookshop.

Front cover spotted.

Stock Code: 221811