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Enemies in Love

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/15/2018

Enemies in Love

A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413249
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413256


is a true and deeply moving narrative of forbidden love during World War II and a shocking, hidden history of race on the home front.

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This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler's army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Eleanor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked—and segregated—Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil.

Brought together by unlikely circumstances and racist assumptions, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war.

Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court's Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage—revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection in one of history's most violent conflicts.


"[Johnson]She does an exceptional narration of the geographic descriptions of Arizona and descriptions of life in the big cities the couple lived in during their marriage and in Germany. —Sound Commentary

Enemies in Love expands beyond the beleaguered couple to examine some of the lesser-known aspects of the war, from the discrimination faced by African Americans in the military to the interaction between German prisoners of war and the communities that reluctantly housed them. A powerful tale of love against all odds. ”— Booklist

“Clark's unlikely love story of a World War II German POW and African American Army nurse mercifully yanks us from a world of staid stereotype and racial acrimony into one of possibility and transcendence. A tonic for weary souls.” —Pamela Newkirk, author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, Winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award

“Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history in a US prisoner of war camp and postwar American suburbs, full of expected racism and intolerance—sweetened by unexpected love, unusual pockets of racial harmony, and genuine romance.” —Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci

“A powerful testament to our shared humanity, Enemies in Love is sensitive, audacious, and inspiring. It challenges stereotypes and ignites hope. Indeed, love is both fragile and enduring, defiant and comforting—just like this remarkable book.” —Janet Dewart Bell, author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Author Bio

Alexis Clark, previously an editor at Town and Country magazine, is a freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times, Yahoo, The Root, Condé Nast Traveler, Manhattan, Uptown, and the Daily Front Row. She lives in New York City.