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Length: 355 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YNQ7Z8
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I started this book while homeschooling my kiddos (they were working on math and didn't need me for the moment, so I decided to take a quick minute to read... I was so entranced with the writing, the story, the people, that I let them skip French class altogether, so that I could just keep reading.

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.
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In the chaos of displacement and readjustment that gripped Europe for some years after catastrophic finish of the Second World War, the predicament of the German-speaking people who had lived in Bohemia for a thousand years - long as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, later in an independent Czechoslovak Republic, and then annexed by Hitler into his 3rd Reich as the Sudetenland - is seldom considered. Whether unjustly or justly, these ethnic Germans were greatly resented by the majority Czech, who had themselves cruelly suffered under the Nazi regime. The result was the postwar oppression and eventual expulsion from the restored and now Communist Czechoslovak nation of most of this German minority. As a girl and a young woman, Ruth Eigner lived through this calamitous period, finally to escape from Czechoslovakia and eventally become a US citizen. Her fascinating memoir details the many perplexities and perils she experienced and survived during those few transitional years of political and social upheaval in Bohemia (today the Czech Republic).
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this book was so riveting i could hardly stand to put it down. the only thing that could be better from this author is...what happened next. her strength and courage through what she had to live through every day is truly inspiring. i highly recommend this book.
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My head still spins from this tornado of a story! I read it right through the day, ending at dawn, dropping everything else I was supposed to do.

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.
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This book is really good and like other reviewers I could hardly put it down. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because she totally leaves you hanging at the end; which was frustrating.
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I found this a fascinating look at a little-known piece of post WWII European history - the displacement of the ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia after the war. Told in incredible detail by a young woman, the narrative kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next.
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I do admit that she bounced around a bit to my understanding. I needed to go back to previously read pages to see what country she was in. I kept thinking how this situation could have been different if she had trusted her gut from the time she was small. It is a good idea to read different bios. of different peoples' situations so that the reader has the whole picture of EVERYONE during World War 2.
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I could barely put this book down and could hardly believe the harrowing experiences that the Germans went through while living in Czechoslovakia after WWII. Many times throughout the book, I tried to put myself in Ruth's terrifying circumstances wondering if I could act with the same bravery and courage she did. Hopefully by the grace of God I'll never need to know. I, also, have total respect for her always protecting her mother even in moments (actually only one moment) when I felt the mother didn't deserve it. Ruth was a very special person.

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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