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Tilli's story differs from most war stories. It focuses on the effect of war on ordinary families - on children and mothers. It dispels myths that suggest the German people unilaterally supported Hitler. It expose the fears, courage, and resilience of people whose lives were torn apart by incomprehensible acts of cruelty, by ignorance, and by blind loyalty to a misguided cause. It's a story about man's inhumanity to man, and about the strength of the human spirit to survive, and to pursue a seemingly impossible dream.
A touching tale - sad, but also inspirational - it is beautifully told. It's a story that should be compulsory reading in history classrooms.
Highly recommended reading.
I would recommend this book for those wanting a look inside the lives of Germans who did not support the Nazis. Tilli and her family were nevertheless forced to pretend patriotism. Of course, once the Nazis were defeated, Tilli and her family had the Soviets to contend with. She still wasn't free. Tilli does escape Europe, but I'll leave it to you to read the book and find out how.
Sometimes I think we are fed too much propaganda by the main stream media, but rather that than the fear and poverty that resulted from the dictators, mindless followers, and unfortunately sometimes every-day people who had no choice because of the brutality of it all.
Anyone with German roots - especially if you have family from this era, should read this book and recommend it to everyone they know. I fear that younger generations will never be able to comprehend what we have today without reading about lives like this. We must never forget.