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Postwar Drifter (The Kellner Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 27, 2016
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Horst Christian was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. His father, a mathematician and a banker, taught him to read and write before the age of 5. He discovered his love for writing by the time he was 10 years old and wrote vacation reports and several articles for the German school periodical “Hilf Mit.” When Horst was 10, he entered the “Jungvolk,” a subdivision of the Hitler Youth, which was mandatory in the Berlin school system. He then entered the Hitler Youth at the age of 14, also mandatory, and continued writing for the Hitler Youth periodicals “Der Pimpf” and “Die Deutsche Jugend Burg.” His favorite pastime was playing in the U-Bahn (subway) tunnels. While other children played soccer, Horst, with a few other likeminded children, explored Berlin by riding the subway trains. Drafted to help defend Berlin against the Soviets at the age of 14 because of his unique knowledge of the subway system, he served as a guide for various SS demolition commandos. In the early 1950s, Horst immigrated to the United States and became a US citizen after the mandatory 5-year waiting period. He loves to travel and has visited all 50 states in the US, most of Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and some Central American countries. He now resides with his wife Jennifer in Northern California.
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After reading Children to a Degree I purchased the following three books and finished reading all four books within three days. They were that engaging and captivating. When Postwar Drifter came on sale I bought it and read it on one day! I heartily recommend all five books, and am waiting for book six with great anticipation! They are that good.
As a native German speaking author, Horst Christian tells his autobiographical story, engaging the reader in the turmoil of Germany as seen through his and his friend Harold's eyes as a members of the Hitler youth. While some of their experiences are chilling and more than a bit scary, others are endearing and heartwarming. Horst doesn't write about things he didn't experience, so don't expect comments about the camps. That is not his story.
These stories give readers a insight into many of the cultural factors that existed in the German mindset at that time in history. Many people tend to assume that all cultural mindsets are similar, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
These books provide a rare glimpse into Berlin and Germany in the 1940s and later, with a personal point of view that would be difficult to find elsewhere if at all. I highly recommend the entire series and suggest you read them in order. It is my great hope that these will be made into films, although I believe very few directors could do them justice. (I'm thinking Jean-Jacques Annaud is one that could (Enemy at the Gates), or maybe Ron Howard.)
I am grateful the author took the time to tell his and Harold's stories. Start with Children To A Degree... you will want to read the rest, including Postwar Drifter!
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Next I will catch up on Karl.