Part thriller, part psychological drama, The Mascot tells the remarkable, true story of how Alex Kurzem unravelled the shocking secrets of his wartime past. With the support of Mark, his son, Alex began to recall how he evaded the German-led execution squad that decimated his village, but witnessed the murder of his Jewish mother and siblings. He fended for himself before falling into the hands of a Latvian police battalion.The soldiers adopted him as their mascot, and Alex accompanied the unit everywhere as it changed its identity and duties to those of an SS unit on the rampage. At the age of five, was Alex Kurzem a collaborator or just a lost little boy?More
"This compelling account, by Kurzem's son, Mark, mixes the drama of playing detective with an investigation of the emotional impact that his father's ordeal had on those around him." (Telegraph)
"One of the most remarkable stories of the Second World War...and ultimately inspiring." (Sun)
"A powerful book...revealing his father's remarkable and horrific story." (Sunday Telegraph)
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FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF A TRUE STORY