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Trust To A Degree Paperback – October 5, 2013
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About the Author
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 of 41 years, in Northern California, where he has been for the last thirty years.
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Karl Veth and his friend Harold Kellner survived the war and the fall of Berlin. They spent several days in a ventilation shaft of the subway system. They had secured the shaft and had supplies stashed in it for the time they would need it. When they decided to come out, they had only one place to go, to Frau Becker’s apartment. Frau Becker had been in charge of the KLV children when they returned to Berlin. They had become friends and she had told them where to come if they needed help. Now they needed civilian clothing in order to begin again. However, the morning after they arrived, they were rudely awakened by Russian soldiers breaking down the door. They specifically asked for Karl and then promptly arrested him. Later, he would learn they arrested Harold as well.
Karl was taken to Kommissar Godunov’s premises and questioned about his knowledge of the tunnels of the subway system. Karl was relieved to tell him it was extensive; but that the tunnels were flooded and filled with dead bodies. He with Harold’s help, would help the Kommissar as long as what he wanted didn’t interfere with their values. They also wanted his help in finding their families.
What did the Kommissar want them to do? Would they be able to do this and whatever else he wanted? Could he keep them and their friends safe? What dangers would come their way while helping him?
This book was excellent. I had to continue reading it until I was finished. Now I have to start the last book to continue the awesome story.
This is a true account of youth life in the WWII's Berliners. I found their accounts of life in the 2nd great war, simply amazing. It truly was a different world. Children were raised in a much more disciplined manner, so what these young teens managed to endure is inconceivable to grown adults.
I have purchased and read the first 3 books in this series and will begin reading the 4th. I encourage everyone that enjoys personal historic books to read these. You can't put them down!
Heart rendering , heart inspiring, heart deepest sadness but also mixed with an inspiring outcome.
Very well written , totally absorbing, I couldn't wait to pick up the story line.
I am amazed at the indomitable human spirit of survival
Horst Christian is not only a great writer but a person I greatly admire.
I would recommend each book in the same way.
If a reader wants to enter an adventure and experience the worst of human nature then to enter into the place of courage and the best that human nature can offer then I would recommend the whole series
I am sorry that I have to find another writer that I was so captivated with.
Please write some more Horst!!!
I a will always recommend your literary style