Claus Ascher’s father, a German Jew, was one of Hitler’s political opponents during the 1930s, which led to his arrest, imprisonment and murder in Dachau in 1937. Claus managed to escape to Britain where he joined the British Army and changed his name to Colin Anson. He was one of a few dozen Germans in the British Commandos in WW2. Attached to the Royal Marine Commandos, he took part in the invasions of Italy and Sicily in 1943, surviving a life-threatening head wound when scrapnel penetrated his skull, and afterwards went on to fight in Corfu, Greece and Yugoslavia.
- A thrilling account of Colin’s valiant service in the Second World War, based on interviews with Colin Anson and further research at the Imperial War Museum. At the end of the war he discovered his father’s betrayer but decided not to take revenge.
- His childhood as the son of one of Hitler’s most dangerous foes, provides a unique insight into the political maelstrom of 1930s Germany— an extraordinary portrait of his bravery and
determination, continuing his father’s legacy as he fought to defeat the Nazis.
- Colin Anson is one of the last surviving Commando veterans.
Link to BBC video interview: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8635541.stm
Launch of the book in Central London: