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Adult/High School-Samuel was 10 years old when he, his mother, and younger sister fled the advancing Russian army in Germany in the final days of World War II. Describing the events many years later, Samuel still vividly remembers the disorientation, terror, hunger, and desperation that dogged their lives until 1951 when they arrived in the United States. The voice of a little boy develops into that of a young man as he writes of his mother's indomitable spirit and the degrading extremes she went to in order to obtain food and shelter for her children. The boy is ill-prepared to assume the crushing responsibility for keeping his family together and alive after the war years when he finds himself a refugee and outcast in his own country. There is a thread of hope, an appreciation for random kindness, and an ability to look beyond the depravity of humankind that pervades this brave and poignant memoir of a man who went on to serve 30 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel.
Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
very good story I also am a Refugee of Germany and came to America in 1962. I know what his mother went through my Mother was with 2 small children and an infant. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Siglinde Fay
A few years ago, on a family trip to DC, we all went to the new Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in the DC burbs. A retired Air Force was selling his book, which I had autographed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Romm
I WAS BORN AFTER THE WAR, BUT I REMEMBER SAYING AUF WIEDERSEHEN TO MY OPA & OMA WHEN WE CAME TO AMERICA. THE STORY BROUGHT UP MEMORIES I'D FORGOTTEN AND TEARS. Read morePublished 2 months ago by shiela brown
I always wanted a book that started at the end of WW2. Great book about a part of history that is normally over looked. I am now reading Wolfgang's second book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jon W Fulfer
great insight to a boy's view of the war...following his story and the hardships him and his family went thru to survive.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by margaret