The true story of Joe Sacco, the author's father, and his part in the great battles of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany.
Where the Birds Never Sing is the story of Jack Sacco's father, Joe, a farm boy from the South, barely out of high school. Yet when Hitler began a war, Joe Sacco and thousands of other young men from every part of the country left their families and homes in order to end it.
Joe Sacco was drafted in 1943 and only nineteen when they landed on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944. As part of the 92nd Signal Battalion, Joe and his comrades fought through some of the most historic battles of the 20th century, including the liberation of Paris, clashes at Rozay, Troyes, and Neufchateau, and the Battle of the Bulge, about which Joe remarked "Hell froze over, and they called it the Battle of the Bulge".
After a year of gutting it out through countless engagements and one killer winter, Joe Sacco and his buddies were among the 250 American soldiers who took part in the liberation of the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, where they witnessed horror on a level they had never imagined. As they saw the cruel inhumanity of the Nazis and gazed into the lifeless eyes of the prisoners, they finally and permanently grasped the true meaning of their mission.
These were normal boys transformed into regular soldiers, sent to fight an extraordinary war under remarkable conditions. Surrounded and pursued by death and destruction, they not only found the courage and the will to fight, but also discovered the meaning of friendship and the value and fragility of life.