This story differs from others with the documented details of substandard
conditions and personal experiences specific to wounded prisoners of war. The imprisoned soldiers involved
are immediately engaging as their heroism and challenges are profound.
Brenner was forced to perform functions beyond his medic training that included
amputations with improper surgical instruments. His concern of how this affected the lives of the soldiers he treated is a
long-term challenge. Not your typical war story, incorporated in this unique chronicle is the struggles
of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Brenner’s coping strategies even today include humor, self-discovery
and wisdom in dealing with flash-backs, nightmares and self-worth.
Hiding a “secret”
to survive Nazi Germany, Brenner lived in constant and solitary fear. A connection to his blood type and a quick thinking
soldier next to him saves his life from an American 45 pistol in his face. Brenner’s reported and 103th Infantry-assumed
date listed as K.I.A. (Killed in Action) is November 29, 1944. In reality, it is the date he was wounded
and captured in Nothalden, France. In the coldest winter to that point in history, the imprisoned Brenner walked in the death
march to Germany."