Through My Eyes differs from other books about the Third Reich and World War II because it does not simply enumerate political and military data. Rather, it meticulously weaves a young girl's memories of family life together with factual accounts into a compelling historical document. Therefore, the reader is afforded a unique view into the Third Reich and into the life of a young girl whose courage, humor, and independent spirit enabled her to survive in Hitler's Berlin. Through My Eyes is an invaluable resource for students of history, women's studies, and others to enrich their understanding of this extraordinary time.
It has been my pleasure to hear Gisela McBride speak of her experience growing up in Nazi Germany…. Audiences will learn…[about] the war from a different angle leading to a more comprehensive understanding of different cultures and political systems.
This first-person account shows how Germans-anti-Nazis-were able to survive in Hitler's Germany. . . . Gisela McBride shows us that resistance to a fascist regime can take many different and subtle forms. I highly recommend this book for students of all disciplines.
Gisela McBride…brings several dimensions to the topic of World War II…frequently under represented from the purely American perspective. Such as the general role of women in warfare, the perspective of the enemy civilian, life under a totalitarian dictator, and the impact of warfare on children...
Gisela R. McBride was born and raised in Berlin. At the end of World War II, she moved to London, emigrated to Canada in 1957, and finally moved to the United States. At the age of 62, Ms. McBride graduated with a liberal arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. An avid painter, she has exhibited her work throughout Pennsylvania and in Washington, DC. While living in Washington, DC, she was a foreign language docent at the National Gallery of Art. Ms. McBride currently lives in Carlisle, PA.