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- Print Length: 355 pages
- Publication Date: December 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007YNQ7Z8
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was interesting to me, that with all the books I've read about WWII, I have NEVER read one from this point of view... I had never considered how the innocent Germans were treated, especially after the war ended. It gave me a fresh perspective and challenged my thinking. I will be having my girls read this book alongside a few other memoirs and biographies when we begin studying WWII in history.
Honestly, I was so caught up in her story, I couldn't tell you if the formatting for the kindle was good or bad or somewhere in between. If there were typos, I didn't notice. It was that good.
For a change, this perspective of World War II, is that of a German. A young girl, Ruth, is a German in Czechoslovakia, who immediately after the war, finds herself mostly in deep trouble. I didn't even know some Germans were treated as badly - well, almost - as they had treated the Jews! Some of those Germans were not necessarily pro the Nazis, but they did nothing or were passively involved in some things. Sometimes they were forced to be involved.
Ruth, like so many Jewish Ruths, lived in fear of losing her freedom or even her life, on a daily basis as Czech authorities take a sort of revenge against the Germans and also use them to rebuild their war-torn country. Ruth goes through labour camps, being on the run, hunger, and abject circumstances. Her parents don't help. One is largely absent, the other extremely hostile to her, even wishing she hadn't been born. Under these circumstances, Ruth has to rely on herself. And she does, keeping herself and a mother undeserving of such loyalty, alive. With the danger closing in from all sides, Ruth feels she is in a complex mousetrap. This book has a whirlwind finish, though it's an abrupt one, leaving you wanting to know more about what happened to her afterwards.
I'm glad to read that there's a next portion of her autobiography because when the book ended I felt like the story didn't end for me. This book is definitely a must-read. I loved it.
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I found the relationship of daughter and mother to be truthful yet sad. Strong character development but a little drawn out with details of living arrangements. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diane Guarini
II do hope the second volume will be found and published. Of the refugee books which are finding their way into the mainstream of literature, this is one of the best. Read morePublished 6 months ago by GEM
This was a fascinating story. I rarely give books 5 stars. They should be reserved for the really great stories. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Monica
Very interesting and compelling read. I didn't know about the treatment of Germans and the revenge-motivated actions taken against them post WW II. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sonia Alvarado
Great writing about how it was for her. Good insight on how holding bitterness toward others who've wronged us turns out really ugly, cruel, and destroys lives!Published 7 months ago by Marilyn Hamalainen
This is one of those unknown books that is truly wonderful. I shared it with my book club and everyone agreed it was a great book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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