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BOOK REVIEW: THE INTERPRETER
BY MARCELLE KELLERMANN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Cy Hilterman.



The story is true but uses an alias for the person that had kept his notes from his actions as an interpreter during WWII in Europe, mostly Germany and France. The name used is Frank van Huegen. His job generally was to interpret words and meanings from suspected spies or known collaborators so the German officials could charge those they suspect, or have simply made up their mind regarding their guilt in actions against the German military. Frank had many friends throughout the area, most not believing that the Naziís were the saviors of the world, which is what they thought of themselves.

In addition to his work as an interpreter he was also most active as a double spy for the allies. He would pass important and delicate information in many secretive ways to others in the ďchainĒ that he could trust. The news generally had to go through several people also in very tight situations as they passed it to the person/persons needing the information. He had to act as though he was a strong Nazi when with the Naziís. He even had a bodyguard so he could go anywhere safer than by himself. He still found time and ways to obtain and pass on very important information.

When Frank van Huegen learned of a Jew or Gentile that had been captured, interrogated, found guilty (of course) and sent on to a camp for punishment or disposal, he would pass this information on to some of the underground so they could take out the caravan carrying that person in order to allow them to escape. This worked many times until the Naziís got too suspicious of everyone. This made Frankís job much more dangerous.

I found the first part of the book a bit confusing with all the terms used, a few of which were explained but many not. Being an American I am not used to European languages, names, or terms but I did eventually understand most of these words and phrases. The story of patriots that did all they could to fight the Naziís from taking over their nation and severely imprisoning and/or killing all the Jewish people or anyone from a Jewish family is one very gripping tale. How any humans can interrogate so severely within an inch of ones life is beyond most of our minds. The story takes us from pre-war through February 5, 1942 as told from the journal as written by the man the author called Frank van Huegen. In my mind, things had to get much worse for all in that area of the world after this period of time.

REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN

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