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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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The Boy on the Bridge

(p.1) Prologue
Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

Set in April 1945, Pappenheim, Germany, in the closing days of World War II, the prologue tells the dramatic tale of the first time John Shalikashvili—then a young penniless, stateless war refugee—first laid eyes on the US military, his first ever meeting with any Americans. It both introduces the theme of the importance his European past plays in his life and sets the low point of his against-the-odds success story.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, World War II, Pappenheim, US military, Germany, stateless, war refugee

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