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Ten Guardian Angels and a Tin Tub Perfect Paperback – April 26, 2011
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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.Read more ›
Ten Guardian Angels and a Tin Tub is the memoir of the author Adalbert Krei . Born in Germany in 1929 he was one of 11 children in a strong Catholic family. The story line mainly relates from the time he was 2 ½ years old until he marries in 1951.As the author relates through his eyes what it was like to grow up in a war torn country with little to eat, no jobs and the propaganda that they had to live under. There is also humor as like all kid's of that age will always find mischief to get into. From being inducted into the Hitler Youth groups at the age of around 13 and having to dig fox holes for the troops. As soon as one was old enough they were inducted into the service in one form or another, even to the girls in a family. Adalbert seen it all and felt it all, fear, lack of food the horrors of the bombs and the destroyed cities , death but he also seen happiness , being with his friends and family and the love they shared. The title of the book shows the significance of the tin tub. It was a happy time, baths in the tub, later loaves of bread carried home in a tin tub and then the tub represented horror after the bombings. As you read the story of this family seen through the eyes of this young lad and the scrapes and excursions he went through you will soon understand he had more than one guardian angel protecting him. He had to have at least ten.
Even though this happened over 60 years ago, those that lived through it still have a vivid memory of what it was like. Having to trade tools for food, plundering supply trains for food, dealing in the black market. This was a very enjoyable book to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read by everyone who has not experienced war or extreme poverty. Mr Krei paints a vivid picture of what his family endured.Published 10 months ago by Charles W. Hoffman
Adalbert's story of growing up in pre-Nazi Germany, surviving WWII, and then dealing with post war trauma I found very interesting and insightful. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by RLWeaver2
Book was great, it was even better because it was my nieces dad (by marriage) who wrote it. I would still recommend reading very good bookPublished on July 2, 2011 by peanutbutter
Aldalbert Krei's memoir, "Ten Guardian Angels and a Tin Tub", provides a personal window into what it was like living as a Catholic boy in Nazi Germany. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by David J. Patterson
Mr. Krei has told a fascinating and heart-warming story of his and his siblings' experiences before and during World War II. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Dave
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. Read more