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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060164727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060164720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This oral memoir, eloquently shaped by the narrator's brother, a regular contributor to Die Zeit, offers a young woman's view of life in eastern Germany from 1944 to 1947. Libussa von Krockow, a member of the old German aristocracy, had to fight not only to save her family and newborn child from the invading Soviets and later the Poles but also against traditional Prussian male domination. When she and her parents abandoned their ancestral home to escape the invading Soviets, her stepfather's initial reaction was to kill himself and his family. Libussa refused to submit to his will, and her course changed her role as a traditional woman. She kept the family alive by stealing, by rescuing her stepfather from a Polish jail, and by leading the family on a harrowing trip to the West. With her husband dead, she defied her stepfather and sought employment with the Allies. This narrative of postwar East Germany is recommended for history and women's studies collections.
- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Libussa von Krockow is an inspiration to everyone who reads her story. It is a gripping tale of incredible courage and smarts, of great hope and love, in the face of unfathomable hardship and danger, at the hands of the cruelest specimens of mankind,in Germany, during the latter part of World War II. Many Germans were dispossessed and forced to leave their homes at that time, with only the clothes on their backs, for points unknown. Such was the fate of the Von Krockows, Libussa and her family. The father wanted to put an end to all of their lives, but Libussa felt the baby kicking inside of her and beseeched her father to let them live. He gave in to her pleas and abandoned his plans of shooting himself and the other family members. So begins Libussa's long and bitter but brilliant struggle to lead them collectively to a new world and a new beginning.
Spurred on by the love for her unborn child, she refuses time and again to let fear paralize her. She fights unrelentingly, agains all odds for her own survival and, at first, for that of of the new life inside of her. After giving birth to a healthy daughter, she fights on with the same undaunted ferocity of spirit, to find a better life for both of them, and she succeeds brilliantly.
Libussa von Krockow gives all of us hope that we can overcome the most horrendous hardships and difficulties and go on to a better tomorrow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alice Kingsbury on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating story of a German aristocrat, Libussa and her family, who had to survive the Russian invasion of Pomerania Her family had owned an estate but were struggling to survive after 1945. Libussa was a courageous young woman who had her first baby while fleeing the Russians. She was able to rescue her father from a Russian prison camp.This points out the cruelty of war, but also shows that this family met kind people, both Russian and Polish, on the "enemy" side. The story points out the drastic change in lifestyle.The Krockow family had lived in a manor and enjoyed wealth, and devoted servants. It...shows the horrors of war for civilians, especially women. Many German women were [taken] by Russian soldiers. The author incorporates excerpts from other books into the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Shoen on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a young boy in 1958 and after my mother died, I was cared for by a German immigrant/refugee from the East zone. My wife's five uncles and four aunts, her grandfather and grandmother were Volks Deutch who fled from Western Poland barely in front of the advancing Red Army. My wife's two older friends (now deceased) were similar refugees and had some shocking stories, as well as my wife's uncle's female friend who fled from Romania with thousands of other ethnic German refugees. These stories include massacring one thousand refugees in one night, burning families alive in a locked barn, serial rape (a line of soldiers) of mother and daughter, rape of a mother in front of her children, stealing children, throwing the male farmers into the river handcuffed and then hitting their bodies with machine guns, the murder of an adult by a child in defense of food and the deportation of the surviving women and children to Kazakhastan. I was there at the airport in Germany in 1993 when two surviving relatives returned to Germany. They looked like slaves. My father-in-law told me hundreds of stories, including trying to look down at the ground or looking straight ahead so as to not see the corpses hanging from the trees on either side of the road. War -- America's spectator sport of choice, as long as it happens to someone else. I am white bread American with no ethnic heritage from my ancestors, but I now look at war differently. If you have no first-hand experience with the beauty of war (America's love affair with war), you will learn something from this book. Required reading for whitebread Americans.
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