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World War II Veteran Speaks About His Experiences as a POW on Nov. 5th

World War II Veteran Speaks About His Experiences as a POW on Nov. 5th

Posted October 29, 2008


Bernard Rader discusses his experience as a WWII POW and the brave efforts of an American Red Cross volunteer in freeing him.

Bernard Rader was wounded and captured by the Germans during fighting in France in 1944. Bernard and other American men were eventually freed thanks to the brave efforts of an American Red Cross volunteer who spearheaded an unprecedented POW exchange with the Germans. This story is the subject of an award winning video made in 2001. Join Mr. Rader as he shares this video presentation and recounts his experiences about being a WWII POW during our “Salute to Veterans” program at the East Brunswick Public Library on Wednesday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by Brandeis National Committee, Middlesex Chapter and the East Brunswick Library. All are welcome to attend.

Bernard Rader was a member of a platoon during World War II, which was ambushed by the Germans. One of the American prisoners was able to get a letter out to the American Red Cross, describing their plight. Through the brave efforts of a Red Cross volunteer, the only POW exchange ever made between Germany and the allied troops took place, freeing 149 American prisoners.

On November 6, 2007, Mr. Rader was presented with the Legion of Honor medal by President Sarkozy of France in Washington, DC. Mr. Rader is now a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor, the highest award given to a civilian by the French Government.

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