For Liberty: A World War II veteran's inspiring life story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience

By Mike Befeler

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WHAT PRICE DID OUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS PAY FOR LIBERTY? A World War II veteran's inspiring life story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience. For Liberty is a biography of a World War Two veteran. Ed was a Jewish American soldier who fought to expel Germans from France. He recalls battles in the foxholes, blasting tanks with crude bombs made from soda bottles, and how it felt fighting the enemy in the winter. He vividly describes his horrible experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany; he suffered inhuman treatment, and near death from starvation. Hungry and weak he was trapped in Russian territory after the Liberation. To survive, Ed had to steal chickens and he called himself the Greatest Chicken Thief in all of Europe. This biography follows Ed's life after returning and his battle with post traumatic stress syndrome, disabilities related to his many injuries, and the difficulties of finding work in New Jersey when he returned due to anti-Semitism. Ed is 94 years old and living in Colorado. Ed told his stories to the author Mike Befeler who helped Ed reunite with his estranged son after 57 years. Ed retains an amazing sense of humor, sometimes making light of the period when he had to steal food to help German refugees, by calling himself "The Greatest Chicken Thief in all of Europe". He also shares wisdom about politics, history and much more. This historical biography also covers the history of the war at the time. It is a must read for anyone who wants to really understand the battle and the personal sacrifices our armed forces made to liberate the world from Hitler's tyranny and oppression, from the point of view of someone who was there. Our modern wars leave veterans with the same physical and psychological injuries. Weaponry has improved but the inhumanity of war has not changed. All veterans can appreciate what Ed went through so many years ago, and by reading this story may be inspired by his resilience, capacity for forgiveness, and love of life despite the horrors he was exposed to. We can all learn a lot from Ed's story.


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WHAT PRICE DID OUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS PAY FOR LIBERTY? A World War II veteran's inspiring life story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience. For Liberty is a biography of a World War Two veteran. Ed was a Jewish American soldier who fought to expel Germans from France. He recalls battles in the foxholes, blasting tanks with crude bombs made from soda bottles, and how it felt fighting the enemy in the winter. He vividly describes his horrible experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany; he suffered inhuman treatment, and near death from starvation. Hungry and weak he was trapped in Russian territory after the Liberation. To survive, Ed had to steal chickens and he called himself the Greatest Chicken Thief in all of Europe. This biography follows Ed's life after return...


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In the May, 2008, issue of the AARP Bulletin, Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in a new emerging mystery sub-genre. Harlan Coben, president of Mystery Writers of America stated, “We’ve just scratched the surface on geezer-lit. It could be the next frontier in crime fiction.” Mike turned his attention to fiction writing after a career in high technology marketing. His debut novel, RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER, was published January, 2007. The second novel in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, appeared April, 2009 and was nominated for the Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2009. The third book in the series, SENIOR MOMENTS ARE MURDER, was released August, 2011. The fourth book in the series, CRUISING IN YOUR EIGHTIES IS MURDER, was published December, 2012. The fifth book in the series, CARE HOMES ARE MURDER, was published June, 2013. The sixth book in the series, NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER, was published May, 2014. He also has a paranormal private investigator mystery, THE V V AGENCY (published April, 2012), a paranormal geezer-lit mystery, THE BACK WING (published August 2013), a theater mystery, MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE (published January 2015), and a non-fiction biography, FOR LIBERTY (published May 2015). Mike is an acclaimed speaker and gives three entertaining and informative presentations titled, "The Secret of Growing Older Gracefully—Aging and Other Minor Inconveniences," "How To Survive Retirement," and "Rejection Is Not a Four Letter Word," which promote a positive image of aging. Contact him at mikebef@aol.com if you'd like him to speak to your organization.


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In the May, 2008, issue of the AARP Bulletin, Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in a new emerging mystery sub-genre. Harlan Coben, president of Mystery Writers of America stated, “We’ve just scratched the surface on geezer-lit. It could be the next frontier in crime fiction.” Mike turned his attention to fiction writing after a career in high technology marketing. His debut novel...


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