Reviews

Praise for The Hidden Legacy of World War II

Arthur “Dutch” Schultz, Carol Schultz Vento’s father, was a genuine war hero, much decorated, much revered, a paratrooper in the storied 82nd Airborne Division who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, fought in the snows of Belgium at the Battle of the Bulge, and endured countless battlefield encounters with the brutality and senseless tragedy of war. Once at home, his experiences were memorialized in American culture, through Daryl F. Zanuck’s 1962 film The Longest Day and the works of Stephen Ambrose. He was everything we wanted all our warriors to be—brave, modest, and steadfast in the face of danger. But there was, as his daughter Carol Schultz Vento so movingly recounts in Hidden Legacy, another Dutch Schultz, another reality, one that the public did not see. Like millions of other veterans, Dutch Schultz returned home, haunted by his wartime experiences; he struggled with alcoholism; his family life disintegrated; he married three times, and, even late in his life, after a successful career in the drug and alcohol addiction field, he still struggled with war trauma. His was an untold story—but it was not an unusual one.
Thomas Childers author of Soldier From the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II
Carol’s candid accounts of what it was like growing up in the dark shadow of a war torn father are emotional and riveting. Dutch had so many of the wonderful qualities talked about in the “Greatest Generation,” but as he would be the first to tell you, it took more than a few generations for him to harness the demons that followed him home from war. Like many of the WWII Veterans that I interviewed, Dutch held the horror inside for decades, and the repercussions were devastating to the people who loved him.
Christen Harty Schaefer writer/producer of Saving Private Ryan: Into the Breach
Carol Schultz Vento’s The Hidden Legacy of World War II pierces that myth to reveal not only the devastation that the war wrecked on the veterans’ spirits but the enormous toll it took on their families. Vento’s remarkable portrait, meticulously researched and substantiated, of the trauma the war created for its combatants will open a new chapter in our understanding not just of WWII but of the consequences of all wars.
Leila Levinson author of Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma