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The Night I Danced with Rommel: Unbroken Bonds - 1 Hilde's story Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00B854ZXY
- Publisher : PublishNation (January 29, 2013)
- Publication date : January 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 987 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #312,306 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hilde shows the humor, optimism, and devotion that make her a character to root for and admire.
There is a strong sense that we too are passing through history as we read Hilde's story. Kristallnacht, yellow stars, food rationing - everything happens gradually - so gradually that it's difficult to grasp the horror that keeps unfolding as we are carried along towards the inevitable conclusion.
Well researched and written with immaculate attention to detail and characterization this is moving as it is educational.
The personal tragedies and historic events intertwine and make for a very engaging and satisfying reading experience.
This is not a war story. It's a story of average people trying to cope, trying to survive, as the war goes out, and then comes home. This is history unfolding very close to the ground.
Our main character, Hilde, has Polish friends and that interaction was very thought provoking more than a few times.
The author makes history come to life and does so in a way that made that era so much more real to me than material I had read in text books over the years.
All of the characters have a depth and realness to them and the solid writing allows the reader to really become part of the story.
I recommend this book to others- I truly think you’ll be recommending it to others once you’ve read it.
It is a love story. Though Hilde's Husband was in the army and away from the family most of the time, her devotion is constantly demonstrated. Even with the tremendous hardships suffered by living in a country torn by war, she became determined to protect, and provide for their children.
Hilde and her friends built remarkably strong friendships, and together they got through many difficult situations.
Amid the propaganda and constant fear in Hitler's Germany, much cooperation and many sacrifices were necessary.
Even during this dark period, Hilde shows the humor, optimism, and devotion that make her a character to root for and admire.
The narrative flows as the people, places, and activities are vividly described with great detail.
Thank you, Elisabeth Marrion, for the history lesson. And the one about perseverance, compassion, and gratitude.
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We learn about Hilde's home and family life in East Prussia, with all the difficult times she and her family were forced to overcome and accept, also her love for her husband, Karl, a young officer in the German army, who eventually joins Rommel's 7th Panzer Brigade fighting in Africa. The way her family members and friends, some of them Polish Jews, had to struggle against all odds to survive during the time line of this book, is hugely moving and well told.
For me, reading such an emotional account, seen through the eyes of an ordinary, hardworking, young German woman left to bring up their children, while her husband was away fighting, turned out to be quite an unexpected and emotional experience.
I was a British "war baby" myself; living with my family in the South of England during the time covered and because of this, I found it struck a quite chord with me and made this story in some ways all the more poignant. To learn about all the evil propaganda the German people were subjected to, plus a great deal of hunger and poverty, clearly it was far worse for German civilians during this period, than it was I think, for most of us here in England.
It's a really well told story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Unfortunately the Kindle version I read had not yet been properly edited by the publisher. Thus, I felt so sorry I could only award it 4 stars. I understand from the author that the book has been corrected in the print version, and so I sincerely hope the Kindle version will eventually follow suit.
The Night I Danced With Rommel is a hugely touching, emotional read, that I can highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Elisabeth Marrion is very good at writing instant, quick sketches of her characters, so that it is hard to notice quite how she does it. Hilde, her husband, her children, her mother, father, sisters and brothers, her friends are all very clearly drawn. Hilde comes across as a woman who cares so passionately about her husband, children, family members and friends that anyone would be pleased to know her in real life.
The most memorable and moving events in the book take place in Germany between the years of 1939 and 1945, when that country was at war with the rest of the world. It is a war story not about the movement of tanks, battleships, bombers and troops, but about how war affects ordinary people, civilians, living in towns, cities and the countryside. It was interesting for me to read of how similar it was for ordinary people in Germany as it was for those in England during the course of the war. While she tries her best to bring up her children on rations, Hilde waits for Karl to return home on leave, and has to deal with air raids, constantly worrying about her family and friends, and the frustrations of knowing what she can hear on the radio is just Nazi propaganda and lies.
The name Rommel in the title of the book made me remember a series called All Our Yesterdays, presented by Brian Inglis, which used to be shown on Granada television, here in England, when I was a teenager in the 1960's. Field Marshal Rommel was sometimes mentioned in the series and he was shown in old news reels in his Nazi German uniform. People speak of the horror of war, but what about the stupidity of it? They did that to themselves, I think to myself, when I see pictures of war on television, meaning people fighting and suffering on both sides of the conflict. It is the spirit of Hilde that I will remember when I think of The Night I Danced With Rommel. She lives through the horrors of the air raids, the burning of the synagogues, while all the time devoting herself to her family and friends. Hers is a tale well worth reading, and one that will remain in my memory.
But this isn't a dry treatise on the issue. It's a vibrant, emotional and immersive piece of history seen through the eyes of the fictional Hilde.
I've tried to deal with some of these issues, especially from the Jewish perspective, in my own writing but I wasn't there and couldn't touch the moment. Neither was Elisabeth but her characterisations and sense of place and time are so confidently portrayed the reader will not question for one moment that she wasn't.
If you too are puzzled by how apparently easily Germany was seduced then bullied into the evil embrace of the Nazis then this is a must read.