"We are all Jews here!" — Master SGT. Roddie Edmonds
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Welcome. I’m glad you’re here. Let me introduce you to heroes. Ordinary people like you who live heroic.
The first hero is my father Roddie Edmonds, a humble Christian soldier who made extraordinary choices in a German prisoner of war camp. My father was so ordinary. Yet when confronted with matters of life and death in a German POW camp, dad looked evil in the eye and dared a Nazi to shoot. His moral compass never wavered. Dad was a hero.
The second hero is you. Yes you! I’m convinced that your ordinary life lived well is extraordinary — even heroic. One life can make a difference and that difference is you. Your life matters and it matters most when you give your life to serve others.
Join dad and me in living heroic. Follow dad’s selfless footsteps. March to the cadence of compassion. Run to battles in your world. Stand against hatred with courage. Speak truth to power through love. Do what’s right for others regardless of the risk, regardless of the circumstances. Light your world with goodness and hope by loving God best and serving others first.
Roddie Edmonds is an unsung hero of WWII. His decisions and commands as ranking officer in Stalag IXA saved the lives of more than two hundred Jewish American POWs. His actions, however, would not have had the same outcome had all 1,292 American soldiers under his command not followed them precisely. All these men who stood in unity with their Jewish brothers in the face of brutality are heroes.
In the tradition of #1 New York Times bestsellers like Unbroken, Boys on the Boat, and Band of Brothers, No Surrender is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor in World War II and a son’s thrilling journey to discover them in an epic narrative of bravery, compassion, and faith.
“There’s perhaps no greater untold story to come out of World War II.” — Newsweek
“Roddie Edmonds is a hero for our age—or any age... the one righteous man whose goodness spares us all.” — Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author