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Sergeant Peter Henry Blaskey, later named Blake, was a Lancaster bomber pilot and was shot down in 1942. He was interrogated and imprisoned in Camp 344, Stalag 8b, Lamsdorf. he remained a prisoner of war for over two years. He was then force marched over 600 miles across Europe by the Germans, during which he was mock executed as a punishment after searching for food. He endured sub zero temperatures and witnessed the deaths of hundreds of prisoners who starved or froze to death. He kept a diary for the first 10 months of his captivity that he carried with him on the long march and that is now published for the first time. Just before he died, Peter joined a pilgrimage, organised by the Royal British Legion, of former prisoners returning to Lamsdorf for the first time. You can watch a 30 minute documentary on YouTube about the journey - 'Archbishop Jonathan Blake - The Heroes Return'.
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One of the most controversial clerics of his generation, Jonathan has survived an air emergency, smuggled bibles, escaped tear gas and machine guns, rescued flood victims, carried poor children to hospital from Calcutta's streets, worked barefoot with Mother Teresa, served as an Anglican cleric, led an inter-faith pilgrimage to Auschwitz, raised over 250,000, pioneered independent ministry, baptised on Mount Snowdon, married underwater and given communion to sex workers. Arrested three times, for a peace protest at Westminster, nailing his 95 theses to Canterbury cathedral and taking his children onto a roof, he has always challenged the status quo, writing 'For God's Sake Don't Go to Church' in 1999. He did the first gay wedding on prime time TV in 2001, sued The Daily Mail, was elected Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church in 2006, blessed Jade Goody's marriage in 2009 and was invited to Downing Street in 2013. This is Jonathan's third book. His second, 'That Old Devil Called God Again', is to be published in 2014."

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