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Before Their Time: A Memoir

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A book by Robert Kotlowitz

In the summer of 1943, Robert Kotlowitz, an indifferent premed student at Johns Hopkins University, was drafted into the army. "I told myself," he writes in his affecting memoir of World War II, "that it was better than being blatantly tossed out of … see full wiki

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Author: Robert Kotlowitz
Publisher: Anchor
1 review about Before Their Time: A Memoir

They were soldiers once....

  • Feb 20, 2010
The World War II generation is fast passing away. My dad died 20 years ago, and my father-in-law is going to be 87 this year. While we can, we should learn from them what they went through during the war.

This is an excellent memoir of war, even if it really doesn't get into the horrors of battle. It is, rather, a tale of disparate young men coming together and, through training and just living together, becoming a unit ready for battle. The personal scenes are impressive, and quite moving at times.

These brave men and women often don't wish to tell their stories, because even after 60 years the memories are too raw. We should, therefore, be grateful for the ones who could get down on paper what they experienced.

We who haven't lived through those times can really not appreciate what happened. One thing is that they have never forgotten the past. I remember coming out of the theater after seeing "Saving Private Ryan" and, in the back of the theater were two elderly gentlemen in wheelchairs, obviously veterans, with tears streaming down their faces. That is the essence of those men and women, and we should be grateful to them every day for the freedom we experience.

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