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My Father's House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria Paperback – May 1, 2007

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About the Author

Beatrix Ost was born in Stuttgart in 1940. She studied dance in Munich and art with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg. An established visual artist who is exhibited and collected around the world, she is also a film producer, screenwriter, and actress. A US resident since 1975, Ost divides her time between Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Helen Marx Books / Books & Co (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527109
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Morrison on June 29, 2007
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Yes, the stories are written with an almost magical prose. Yes, the setting is a magnetic stage both for the horrific time in history and the lure of a country estate regardless of where or when. But even more, the once fragmented memories of a tiny child prove thought and heart engaging by the power magnification through the lens of the time and perspective of the woman who lived them. This book had the remarkable power of engaging my heart as a study by the woman who was once the tiny --learning, recording, reflecting-- girl. I couldn't put the book down. Read it!
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It was as if I had been invited into the family. The writing is so visual one can actually see through the eyes of little Beatrix her view of life during the war. I didnt want the stories to end. I highly recommend this wholly other of view of WWII.
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Children have their own perspectives on war: it's exciting, it's cruel, and it's endlessly fascinating. Beatrix Ost brings this perspective to life masterfully. Her story of a "good" German family in war-torn Germany will become one of the classics.
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I was deeply moved by this passionate and elegant depiction of a world we seldom see, that of the good Germans in the WWII period, and of the way that the evil around them impinged on their lives, and of the ways that their lives kept right on going despite all that. The prose is stunning, the imagery beautiful, and the whole thing suffused with profound love. I recommend it unconditionally.
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WWII depicted through the eyes of a child. It is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of this important piece of history from inside the German perspective. What have we learned from this piece of history? Or have we learned anything at all? A beautiful and thought-provoking piece of prose.
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