SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series “Time Slips Away” continues Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at B.B. Comer Memorial Library. Denise George will share “Behind Nazi Lines: The Unbelievable True Story of a World War II Alabama Hero.”
In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in German POW camps in occupied France with little chance of survival and long odds on escaping, but one man had the courage to fight the odds. Andy Hodges, a 28 year-old man from south Alabama was devastated at being excluded from military service due to a college football injury, but he refused to sit home while his fellow Americans risked their lives. He joined the Red Cross, volunteering for tough assignments on dangerous battlefields. In the fall of 1944, Andy was tapped for a potential suicide mission: a desperate attempt to aid the Allied POWs in occupied France – alone and unarmed, matching his wits against the Nazi war machine. Andy did far more than deliver much needed supplies, he negotiated the release of an unprecedented 149 prisoners of war – leaving no one behind. This is the true story of one man’s selflessness, ingenuity, and victory in the face of impossible adversity.
Denise George is the author of 31 books, more than 1500 articles, and has recently published major narrative nonfiction collaborations on WWI and WWII military history and heroes. All are published by Penguin Random House. Denise is married to Dr. Timothy George, founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. The couple has two adult children, Christian and Alyce.
Refreshments begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.