By Eric H. Vieler
A trip on My Own tells the tale of Eric Vieler, born in the US yet raised in Hitler's Germany, the place he observed the persecution of Jewish pals and skilled the bombing of towns. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed conflict traces to arrive his domestic. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, turned their interpreter, and witnessed fierce struggling with. He joined British career forces, doing quite a few jobs for meals as repayment. Vieler's quest for his American identification used to be fulfilled whilst he used to be repatriated to the USA at age fifteen, yet options of independence have been thwarted while, as a result of his age, he was once required to wait public college. even if he held after-school jobs, his fundamental help used to be via a brand new York urban welfare organization. In 1950, Vieler enlisted within the military, used to be commissioned at age nineteen, and went directly to serve in Korea, the place he used to be heavily wounded and two times embellished for valor.
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Nor did he allow himself to loathe the traitor. Tolkachev was a counterintelligence challenge, a testimony to the professionalism of the men of the Second Chief Directorate who had tracked him. All that was left now was to tie it all together, and Adolf was being helpful on that score. Adolf Tolkachev had lived with his secret for six years. He had never shared it with anyone, not even his wife or son. The operational discipline imposed on him by his CIA handlers had been sobering, but Tolkachev had always been fatalistic about the risks he was running.
The volatile combination of Able Archer and RYAN had created one of the worst nuclear scares since the Cuban missile crisis—and Washington didn’t even know it until after it was over. The British decided to hide Gordievsky’s identity from the Americans, but that didn’t stop the CIA from trying to figure out where London was getting its information. Burton Gerber was determined to identify the British source and assigned the SE Division’s chief of counterintelligence, Aldrich Ames, to puzzle it out.
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A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity by Eric H. Vieler