Tilli's Story: My Thoughts Are Free

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Tilli Horn is a five-year-old farm girl in a tiny village in eastern Germany when World War II begins. Her family opposes Hitler's Nazi Party, but is powerless to rebel. Tilli is forced to join a Hitler Youth group and, as the war intensifies, her father and 16-year-old brother are drafted. She grows up with air-raid drills, nearby bombings, and fear.

After the war ends, Russian soldiers invade Tilli's village, sending her and other girls into hiding in a secret attic ...

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Overview

Tilli Horn is a five-year-old farm girl in a tiny village in eastern Germany when World War II begins. Her family opposes Hitler's Nazi Party, but is powerless to rebel. Tilli is forced to join a Hitler Youth group and, as the war intensifies, her father and 16-year-old brother are drafted. She grows up with air-raid drills, nearby bombings, and fear.

After the war ends, Russian soldiers invade Tilli's village, sending her and other girls into hiding in a secret attic crawlspace. There they stay for months, huddling in the dark, windowless space, fearing the raping, looting soldiers. It is to no avail, as Tilli is assaulted at age 11.

With Communist repression replacing Nazi tyranny, Tilli dreams of a free life in America. Her solo escape to West Germany at age 16-hidden in a potato wagon-is one of this moving and ultimately hopeful book's many highlights.

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This compelling memoir of a German girl’s bitter, frightening life reveals the horrors visited upon an average family caught between two of the most cruel dictators in history.

Amidst the copious histories of Hitler and Stalin, historians have often neglected the horrific tales of innocent girls like Schulze, who early in World War II survived Nazi occupation, then was forced to hide in a secret attic for months at war’s end to escape sexual attacks from the invading rampa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583480724
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Tilli Schulze lives in northern Illinois with her family. She now is a proud U.S. citizen and hopes Americans never take their freedom for granted.

Lorna Collier is an award-winning journalist who has published widely in newspapers, magazines and websites.
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    Wow

    I have only read the description it made me cry

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