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Good story; needs some work
on November 29, 2014
Being an avid reader of WWII history, I’ll anything I can on the topic. This work fell a little short.
I could empathize with Rosemarie and Ingrid’s plight in not being able to visit their home one more time. But for those of us who have read countless stories, to the victors go the spoils. I understand why the Poles who now lived there didn’t allow them to look around. How much suffering did they endure during the occupation?
I also found a major historical flaw. There is no way the Russians who escorted them to the west could have been carrying Kalashnikov’s as they weren’t introduced until 1949.
I felt much more could have been written and describe concerning their exodus from Rügenwalde to Greifswald. For me, it would have allowed a much deeper connection to the characters. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer is an excellent example.
I found some odd sentences and questionable punctuation at times. EX: The fact was too hard to comprehend, not only for us children. There are a few more.
Overall, it’s a good quick read.