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  • Perfect Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617399221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617399220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,925,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
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Mention Germany and World War II in the same sentence and the usual response is that of a country gone mad under their leader Adolph Hitler, concentration camps where millions suffered and die, and a populace that either refused to notice the atrocities and continued to live their good life or applauded the cleansing of their fatherland by a man who promised the control of the world. Adalbert Krei offers a completely different stance and one that restores dignity to a country that was not resolutely committed of Nazi Socialism and believers in Hitler's insane weltanschauung.

Using the form a diary he shares with us his early childhood memories of living in a poor family with many siblings, a father that had no work, and a mother whose love for cooking was quashed by a lack of food corm which to create meals for her family. His family was Catholic, against the manner in which Hitler was running the country, and yet they lied in poverty, sustaining love for each other and avoiding the atrocities that surrounded them. He allows us to follow his family through the 1930s to the rise of Hitler, the need for the author to become a member of 'Hitler Youth' and even the fact that he was forced to serve in the military, how they sustained life during the war and in the aftermath of the bombing of Germany, the Russian invasion, and the eventual creation of the Berlin Wall. All of this information is shared in a very straightforward manner with details not sensationalized but simply related. Krei shares his marriage to a beautiful girl who would never be able to produce the children they both longed for because of ovarian cancer at age 19, the exodus to America where he became a successful photographer and eventually adopted a child further bonding his strong relationship with his wife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PT on May 8, 2011
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in life in Germany during WWII. This wounderful book tells the story of how a loving German family, not connected with the Nazi movement, was able to survive during the war. It is the true personal story of the author and his family just before, during and after the war. They lived through bombings, hunger, separations, and the authors fear of being executed by the Nazi SS. I am convinced they survived as well as they did because of their love for one another and their Christian faith. If you have read and liked the book "German Boy" this is a certainly a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janny Girl on April 23, 2011
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I read the book with great interest and found it hard to put down.
The story Mr Krei tells in this book is at times funny and very sad too.
It will make you laugh and cry . The memory Mr Krei had of the war and what he had to go through I thought
was astounding! I personally think this story would make a great movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookClubGirlFL on April 21, 2011
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This is a very enjoyable read and I hope there will be more books from this author. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not exactly what I expected from a WWII memoir. The author does a great job balancing the heartbreaking and heartwarming tales of his experience growing up at the end of the Depression and during WWII and it's aftermath.

It is unique that these events are told as seen through the eyes of a young catholic boy who was living in Nazi Germany. He not only found fear, horror and starvation but also adventure, joy and love because of his family and friends. The author ties the book together with a reoccurring theme of the tin tub from his early childhood which I found very clever. Each memory has special significance that helps the reader relate to the author. In the end the reader comes to understand why the author must have ten guardian angels instead of just one.

From reading this book, I have gained a better understanding of people who become victims of their own government. I didn't realize how many German people, including catholics, lived in fear during the Third Reich and how confusing the propaganda from the Nazi's as well as the Allies had been.

Even though much of this memoir takes place over 60 years ago sadly, it is still relevant today. In many war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, the children have similar experiences in their lives. Fortunately, this memoir delivers an inspirational message that the triumph of the the human spirit to overcome adversity still prevails.

This book reminds me of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Kite Runner, the film The White Ribbon and oddly enough, the film Stand by Me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter E Stewart on February 20, 2012
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Living near Mr Krei in Homosassa, Fl. I recently read an article in The Citrus County Chronicle about his book and I jumped at the chance to buy a copy. I was born in Schweinfurt, Germany in 1948 and immigrated with my family to the states when I was five. Mom was born in 1928 and also from a large family and used to tell me about the bombing raids over Schweinfurt. Some of the largest bombing raids of the war occurred there due to the ball bearing factory and other machine industries. Mom never went into much detail about her childhood other than some occasional talk about her many brothers and sisters and her brother Karl who was killed on the Russian front. I found it to be wonderful and although I don't recall my youth in Germany, it helped me understand what my mother and many other German families experienced during the war. I just wanted to thank him for an enlightening reading experience..
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