From the Author
My family talked about THE WAR a lot when I was growing up in Bavaria. World War II was still fresh in everyone's mind and life. I heard their stories, their thoughts, feelings, and experiences that were amazing on battlefields from Russia to the Africa. When I was a young mother, I wrote some of the stories down for my family. That's when my husband said, "You have to make a real book out of this." The stories would tell about the German side like no other book has accomplished. I quit my job, researched every single statement and story from many yet alive family members to make sure that dates, places, and every experience would be correct. Six years later, "The Winter Years of World War II" finally was published. It was a monumental accomplishment to stitch together stories from Russian battlefields, a notorious Nazi prison, a bunker in Berlin, on supply ships to Rommel in Africa, family living under Nazi threat, and bomb attacks in the cities where some family lived.
The research was done before the easy days of internet. Can you imagine? It was a lot of hard work, but also so much fun to find out facts that were sometimes not even known in archives.
About the Author
Freia Hooper-Bradford was a war baby and grew up in occupied Germany. She spent her childhood listening to family recall terrifying as well as triumphant accounts. For this epic war story, the author invested six years in research with journeys back to her country of birth.