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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    A Story to be heard

    This is a story of a very brave Erika who survived the worse nightmare and came to tell it all Erika puts the horror behind her and brightens the world with her sweet smile and a charming face everyday! A book I would recommend to read, so that to get into the other side of the holocaust not only did the Jews suffered, but the Germans themselves endured a lot of pain from their leader Hitler. The author, Erika, has written many books that are educative to kids with sense of humor in them check out 'Mean Chicks Cliques...'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    NOT The Sound Of Music

    'All I have ever know is having to scrounge around for food. But that's not so bad if you have the one thing you deperately need.' This is not some sentimental or romantic fairy tale. This is an eyes-wide-open look at what life was like for one little girl and her family trying to scrath out a life in Germany from her birth in 1939 through the 1950s. She struggles with her siblings (10 at one point) just to feed and cloth themselves. Her mother dies when she is just 6 years old from blood clots. Her step mother his on a continual slide towards total mental breakdown. Their house is occupied in turn by American and French forces. She eventually begins aromance with an American soldier who is there as part of the occupation force. Through it all she keeps asking what happened to the Jews? What happened to Germany? And she survives. With her mind and soul severely bruised, but intact. If you want an easy read that won't challenge you, then move on. But, if you would prefer to take a dose of reality and read about a somebody who faced a world gone cruelly insane - and survived to tell us about it, then check out this book. Thank you, Erika, for sharing your story with us. I think we all have to find our own answer to the question you asked your father: 'Is apolitical the same as amoral?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    A German Tale: From feigling to bravour

    From feigling (coward) to bravour (bravery): A German Tale, where a little girl's memories of flowers, balloons, milk and cookies, childhood adventures, long walks, family vacations, and kisses from a sweetheart take on different meanings. A German Tale, where snails, kitty cats, bunnies, and little bugs bring a feast of delight for the eye of the beholder. A German Tale, a story of truth - and the shame of a country. Life during war as told through the eyes of a little girl, Erika delivers to the world a healing book for the soul of anyone who reads it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2001


    Finally our generation has come to the age where we are no longer afraid or ashamed to speak out. In a personal catharsis the author speaks her mind and recounts the suffering of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of the terror or WWII. Like her, I am a survivor growing up in post-war Germany, and can relate to her story very well. Being a published writer myself, I am in the process of publishing my own book on the same subject. It has become clear to me in speaking to many other former Germans of this era that the time is here for having our voices heard. This is particularly poignant right now, when discrimination of innocent people of Arabic descent is rearing it's ugly head. The writer Erika v.Shearin Karres is to be applauded for her courage. An excellent book for anybody with a heart and soul open to facts which history has chosen to ignore completely. War can never be seen in black and white, there is suffering of innocent people and their descentents on either side. Like Erika, I felt I had to leave Germany and come to the United States 32 years ago to cope and finally breathe free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    A Survivor's Tale

    Dr. Shearin-Karras' account confirms the truth that no one in Europe escaped being victims of the Nazis. Her autobiography as a member of an ancient, privileged German family illustrates the depths of misery and premature deaths they endured during and after World War II. The book also relates how dissent was crushed at home by the Gestapo. The fear, reinforced by disappearances, left the people morally paralyzed. Then after the war, devastating for the losers, they were beset by survivor's guilt in addition to guilt for being German--for being a member of a nation responsible for so many horrors. The author shows us with unblinking honesty the reactions, the compassion, the denial, the escape, the self-hatred. The book ends with the author's departure for the United States, but often in the recounting one wonders if the narrator will survive. Written in a straight-forward and unsentimental style, the book shows a wide range of survival stories that astonish, dismay and even inspire, in much the same manner as the grim accounts of the camps by Elie Wiesel.

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