As the third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans fled the advancing Russians troops. Among them, a little boy and his family found themselves in war-torn Strasbourg before being forced into a disease-ridden refugee camp. The true story of their fight for survival, this book documents the young Wolfgang Samuel's harsh and terrifying ...
As the third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans fled the advancing Russians troops. Among them, a little boy and his family found themselves in war-torn Strasbourg before being forced into a disease-ridden refugee camp. The true story of their fight for survival, this book documents the young Wolfgang Samuel's harsh and terrifying experiences as, for reasons he is too young to understand, he encounters arbitary arrest, rape, hunger and constant fear. With the resilience only children can muster, Wolfgang maintained his youth and innocence in little ways - befriending other little refugees, playing with shrapnel, and delighting in the planes flown by Americans. Bringing fresh insight to the dark history of Nazi Germany and the horror left in its wake, this book offers a recollection of an innocent's incredible journey.
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Anyone who lived in Germany from 1945 to the the late 1950s will have memories of Germany in rubble, the black market, and oceans of bicycles blocking the roads for the occupiers' large automobiles. I arrived in Germany in 1950 and lived there for three years (and again in the mid-60s). I learned to speak German and played with my only peer, young Dieter, from the house opposite my family's house. My family ranged from the mid-30s down to my younger brother, only a year old. I grew up loving Germany and Germans but with a huge hole in my understanding of the German experience in those same years. Colonel Samuel's book gives the reader a tremendous story of the experience of the survivors of the German war. It is a lesson that all should take and appreciate. We know how terrible the war was. But, to know how terrible the peace was is equally important. Wolfgang Samuel will tell you his family's story and help you appreciate the complete horror of war and the glimmers of opportunity that survived for ordinary people.
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