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Give Me Tomorrow: A young girl's ordeals during the WWII Russian invasion of eastern Germany Paperback – November 12, 2012
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Of course, the primary focus soon centers upon the war of 1939 to 1945, and it's impact upon the region, and the afterlife experienced by the people of this area. The primary character, Ingrid, had a sister & brother that experienced the Russian invasion with her Mother, while Ingrid was detained in a camp awaiting deportation to forced labor in Russia. All of this period is carefully described in detail that is consistently intriguing.
I was impressed with the description of her life as it transpired during the 1950's, never losing interest. She had detailed recollections of the people around her, and the events she lived through such as an ocean voyage in an old troop carrier. The girl/lady was very intelligent in her perspectives of events, and amazing in the depth of her memories. Also, there are some photos included that adds significantly to the story as it progresses.
If I have a complaint; it would be the occasional mention of a future reference that gives the reader more information than is needed at that particular moment. By this I mean, there would be mention of some building, or landmark that is cited as being still there when visited fifty years later on a "trip home" that she takes with her siblings, or some friend. The point of the tome is set at 1945, and here she is revealing that these particular people not only survive the dangers of the moment, but will still be living fifty years later! One loses the sense of danger, or death in a perilous circumstance when it is already revealed that these folks will certainly survive, and thrive for many ensuing years. I would prefer to not know until the events of the future unfold chronographically.
I do have a hint of suspicion that there is some "fabricated enhancements" included here, and there within the book; but the photos do lend some evidence of reality. There is such so much detail included to believe that one could actually remember all of this information so vividly. I conclude that this is a genuine biography, and a richly layered life spread throughout this narrative.
That said, .....this is one GREAT book that I will have to reread again in the near future because of the fascinating detail included throughout.
In spite of the author's time in the Soviet camp, I would say she was more fortunate in her encounters with the Soviets than others, particularly East Prussians. I have read and reviewed other memoirs from women who experienced the Soviet invasion - Ingrid's family survived pretty much intact with the exception of her father. Also, I think the author was fortunate for not ending up in one of the more than 1,000 post-war Polish Communist concentration camps that were filled with German civilians and non-communist Poles. These Polish camps were little more than rape, torture and starvation camps and have been documented in various books. The author eventually resettled first in West Germany, later in the United States. Her descriptions of traveling back and forth between East and West Germany are fascinating. This is another excellent memoir. This book tells a story that is intentionally kept buried and left un-discussed in the United States.
The story is told in a very personal way and one feels that the author is actually talking to you about her experieces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend it to those who wish to learn more about the German experience after WW II.