Auf Wiedersehen

Auf Wiedersehen

by Christa Holder Ocker


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ISBN-13: 9781935514275
Publisher: Plain View Press
Publication date: 08/05/2009
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.31(d)

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Auf Wiedersehen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lawral on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This slim memoir chronicles the years between Christa's family's evacuation before the advancing Red Army towards the end of WWII and their immigration to New Jersey. During this time, Christa, her sister, her parents, and, at times, her aunt and cousins, must pick up and move at a moment's notice on multiple occasions. Christa, who is an outgoing 7 year old at the opening of this memoir, makes many friends as she goes along: a horse named Lottie, an American soldier who gives her Hershey bars, the once-cranky owner of the villa where she and her family were placed during the evacuation, and the multitude of children who are also in some state of homelessness like she is. Every time her family moves, she must say goodbye, auf Wiedersehen, to her friends. It is hard enough, even with the help of the Red Cross, to keep track of family members during this upheaval. Christa is under no illusions that she will ever see any of these friends again.Still, this is an uplifting memoir about how, even in the depths of war, life goes on. Christa and her friends play, put on puppet shows, and generally make do. The horrors of WWII are not kept out of this book, but they are kept out of the children's consciousness. Overheard conversations covering everything from the atrocities of the SS to how Christa's friend Gunter managed to get a little brother even though she wished for one more are present, but not understood by Christa. Readers will know what is going on, how it is affecting the lives of adults, and how much trouble they go to in order to keep the worst of it from their children.This was published as an adult book, but I could definitely see even young teens reading it as part of a WWII or memoir unit. Content wise, auf Widersehen shows a lot less of the atrocities than current populars for young adults dealing with this subject matter, The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and it is a very un-prohibitive 142 pages short.
jpatmeadowbrook More than 1 year ago
When i read this book I thought someone was reading me a story. The events are unbelievable, yet, I am sure the story is true. The writer brings out the emotions and anxiety of the family as they make their escape, led by her mother, across war- torn Germany. It is told with sincerity and humor. I think that this book is great reading material for all ages.
CelticLadyWI More than 1 year ago
auf Wiedersehen: World War II Through The Eyes Of A German Girl tells the poignant true story of a girl(Christa), whose father (Vati) is serving in the German Army and the mother (Mutti) who is left behind to take care of Christa and her older sister Rosel. Mutti is a hard working and very proud woman who has nothing good to say about the Nazis and Hitler in particular. The story takes place more towards the end of the war in Gorlitz, Germany. Mutti and her family, including a neighbor, Frau Omichen and her son Gunter, are evacuated from the only home they have known where they had lived a peaceful, comfortable life. They now have to say auf Wiedersehen, thus the title, to all they know and hold dear. They leave their home without money and only what they can wear and a few valuables which they need to sell to eat and have a place to live. The story takes place over a six year period telling the struggle of this family trying to live as normal a life as possible under sometimes deplorable circumstances. When Vati finally finds his family after the war, he and Mutti decide that they will go to America. With the assistance of an old friend of Mutti's, that is what they do but they need to get across Russian checkpoints first which was not an easy task. In short chapters the author is able to put across successfully to the reader the story of her young years, the daily struggles and sometimes good times that her very strong family lives in during the aftermath of this war. She describes the people they meet on this journey, including other family members that they find. There are good times and little celebrations that enable this family to stick together no matter the circumstances. I enjoyed the story very much, it reminded me a bit of The Diary of Anne Frank. The hard times were told in such a way as to not make a depressing time for the German people hard to read. During a war story we more often than not hear the American side of the hardships of war and we do not often get the chance to read about how this war affected the German people. The story only touched briefly on the concentration camps because this family was not in one and I think that to keep the innocence of the main character it was not really part of their story. This is a must read if the history of WWII is interesting to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the more moving, personal books I have read in recent times. The characters were warm and realistic, and the story true. Even more important, it was believable and not filled with wild effects. A good author, worthy of standing out in a crowd.
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RabbieB More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt and exciting memoir of a childhood journey written by a soulful and vibrant author.