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Miami professor editor of World War II memoir


Not Without Honor edited by Kay Sloan.
Kay Sloan, Miami University professor of English, is editor of Not Without Honor: The Nazi POW Journal of Steve Carano, With Accounts by John C. Bitzer and Bill Blackmon, published in October by University of Arkansas Press. The book recounts Carano's imprisonment in the infamous Stalag 17b camp.

In December l943, Claudio "Steve" Carano's B-17 bomber was shot down over the Dutch coast on a return flight to England. The event began Carano's 18-month incarceration in Stalag 17b, the camp made famous in the Billy Wilder film and in the television show "Hogan's Heroes." During his confinement, Carano secretly kept a journal in his Red Cross blank book, filling it with entries and illustrations.

Not Without Honor threads together the stories of three American POWs - Carano; his buddy Blackmon, who also was at Stalag 17b; and Bitzer, who survived the brutal "Death March" from northern Germany to liberation in April 1945. According to the publisher, the journal at times reads like a thriller as Carano records air battles and escape attempts. But most of all, the journal is a description of these men and the sense of community they formed that was instrumental to their endurance.

Sloan first saw Carano's journal when she was visiting family in Florida, since the Carano family lived nearby. She later came across the accounts by Bitzer and Blackmon and decided they had to be included in the book.

Sloan, who joined the Miami faculty in 1984, is author of The Patron Saint of Red Chevys, a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, and The Birds Are on Fire, winner of the New Women's Voices Prize.


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