My Name Was Fiveby Heinz Kohler
Before long, his inquiry reveals how the pilot's past had trailed him on his last
When a private plane crashes in Florida in 1991, the surviving pilot makes the strangest of remarks. "It was World War II," he says. The National Transportation Safety Board attributes the accident to a collision with birds, but one stubborn investigator insists on going further.
Before long, his inquiry reveals how the pilot's past had trailed him on his last flight and vividly brings to life a terrifying slice of history - the story of a German boy who grows up in Berlin before, during, and after the Second World War; sadistic teachers just call him Five. The boy's father, an opponent of the Nazis, ends up in a concentration camp and later in a penal regiment that marches through mine fields to clear the way for regular troops.
In contrast, one of the boy's uncles is a fervent Nazi in charge of cleansing Hitler's capital of every last Jew; another uncle revels in the governance of Paris. A favorite aunt, a confidential secretary at the Gestapo, is horrified by all she knows about the "final solution." The boy's mother is the one who keeps him sane when Spitfire guns kill his best friend standing right next to him on a bridge.
But worse is to come: bombings and firestorms, the senseless sacrifice of children and old men in the battle of Berlin, the Soviet occupation, along with rape, murder, hunger, and disease, and then the emergence of a new kind of tyranny yet.
In the end, we come upon an unexpected twist that shows how the consequences of war can emerge decades later and in faraway places.
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A fresh look at Nazi Germany and the East German state. From Hitler's racist ideology, the clever brainwashing of young schoolchildren, and the murderous oppression of dissidents this riveting account of World War II and the Holocaust takes us to the emergence of a new dictatorship and the Berlin Wall. I started reading and couldn't stop!
My Name Was Five is a very brave book summoning, as it does, a truthful and excruciatingly personal history of World War II, as well as a flawless rendering of PTSD with all of its intractable and terrifying symptomatology, lasting often for lifetimes. This novel is at once an education and an invitation to understand the deeply wounding and too often repeated scarrings of war.
A novel that keeps you in suspense from the beginning to the last page. The story is about the life of a young boy and his family during and after World War II. Well written book with chronological details of historical events. A must read book for all.