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Surviving 'uncle Hitler': Journey of a German Girl Paperback – September 30, 2017
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Even though it’s a fairly short book at only 121 pages it took me a bit to get it into my reading schedule. It was absolutely nothing like I expected yet everything it needed to be. I expected a neatly woven story of life in Germany during the war. A bit of back story perhaps with the rise of Hitler and maybe a bit of the aftermath. I completely got that but not in the way I envisioned. Let’s face it, I read the synopsis, I did a little digging into the book when I took it. I knew that the author was quite young during the war. I knew this but somehow still expected more an essay than a remembrance. However, I’m totally OK with that and here’s why. Broken into three sections (before, during, and after) each section is written in almost a short blurb style of remembrances. The memories of a child all these years later. The things that really stick with you. Worries. Fears. Questions that were never answered. Impressions. Personalities. It was all there. What they lacked in depth (hello, memories of a child!) they more than made up for by captivating you.
It is very evident that the author has found her place with Christ, even though that didn’t come until many years later. She was raised with religious education in school by a Christian mother (who never shared her faith with her children) but never dug in to explore her faith. Many of her remembrances are brought full circle with the author’s fundamental belief and knowledge that her family survived only through God. Survived the bombings. Survived the journeys they undertook. Survived refugee camps. Survived the war. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough as a must read. It’s not a neat autobiography with all the elements we look for in a solid book. It’s a remembrance. And it’s pretty amazing.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Book Crash. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Dorothea Wollin Null has written her accounting of her life during WWII. Surviving “Uncle Hitler” is a short book of just 119 pages that takes the reader through a young German girl's life during WWII. Dorothea tells us of her travels to flee the bombings to go live with her aunt until they are forced to flee there due to the Russians coming. She tells of her life in a camp and then in a tiny third floor apartment after the war. The book tells the reader how the war shaped Dorothea and other family members into the adults they became. The author also tells us of the family dynamics and how they affected her through out her life.
This is an interesting quick read that show the reader how life was for the younger people in Germany during the war. The author also tells us of her faith and that of her family members. Some things that stand out for me in this book is how important school was, even while living in camps, the children had school outside. As well as the depth of their struggles for housing and food. This is a good book that would be enjoyed by those who enjoy reading about that time in history.
I received a copy of this book from First Step Publishing through Book Crash and this is my honest review.
I think it could have done the author well to put the Author's Note first in this story of her life. Throughout the book, I was constantly comparing her journey with those who had it much worse; those in the cattle cars she saw, and those in German work camps, not refuge camps. But once reaching the end and reading her note, I came to see this was her difficult journey and the hard life she knew and it was meant to point the reader to the amazing and magnificent plan and works of her Lord Jesus Christ. It was not necessarily meant to show the atrocities she endured, but to point to the one who worked all things in her life for the good of those who follow Him.
When looking back on the story with that lens, I see the inner struggle of a young girl and young teen trying to find herself and her place in the midst of the horrors of war. Christ Jesus found her in that midst and showed her joy, love and belonging. This is not a war story, but a story of Christ and His love for His children. It was a beautiful story of how time and time again He showed up and brought them through their struggles and revealed Himself in their struggles. It that sense, it was magnificent.
**I received an ARC of this book through a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
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