A touching holiday story for readers of all ages, American St. Nick is the true Christmas tale of hope during a black time in WWII’s history. In December 1944, a group of American soldiers brought Christmas and St. Nicholas himself back to a war-torn town whose kids had not seen him in five years. Some children did not even know who he was, but St. Nick carried Christmas cheer to Wiltz, Luxemborg, just 10 days prior to the one the bloodiest battles of WWII, when the town was turned to rubble.
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Thirty years later, before the anniversary celebration of the rebuilding of Wiltz, survivors searched for the soldier dubbed as the “American St. Nick” who brought Christmas hope to a town during one of its darkest hours. Their celebration would not be complete without bringing the soldiers back to Wiltz again. But in July, 1973, most the of discharge records from 1912-1960 were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives building in St. Louis, proving impossible to locate these soldiers of goodwill who all but stopped the war to throw a Christmas party that revived a war weary town’s spirit.
What follows is the remarkable true tale of how one town’s prayers were answered. Including images of period maps, vintage signs, and black and white action photos, American St Nick is a must-read Christmas story of heroism that will inspire readers both young and old.