Edith Röpke, her seven siblings, and their mother have learned to be silent and live inconspicuously....
It is 1939. On the cusp of World War II, the city of Bremen holds its breath with quiet unease. For years, the Jews have been excluded from everyday life, persecuted at the hands of the Nazis. Now, all of Germany will suffer for their Führer’s mad ambitions. In his quest for an Aryan utopia, Adolf Hitler invades Poland and Britain declares war on Germany.
As Bremen’s ports and factories bear the brunt of payloads from RAF Wellington and Lancaster bombers, Edith‘s childhood is shaped by unrelenting Allied bombing raids, streets strewn with dead bodies, and the ever-present reminder to trust no one outside the family.
Seen through Edith’s eyes as a child and through her memories as an adult seventy years after the war’s end, Back to Bremen depicts her harrowing nine-week journey through war-torn Germany. It’s the story of the fear of a child and the sheer determination of a mother risking it all so she and her children can return home. Most of all, it’s a vivid reminder of how war creates countless victims, but hope can make heroes of the most common among us.
|Publisher:||Oghma Creative Media|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.48(d)|
About the Author
Born and raised in Batesville, Cecelia graduated from Batesville High School and earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Cecelia lives in central Arkansas with her husband, Dennis, but manages to check in often with her grown son and daughter, Cody and Cheyenne.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story grips you from the opening, portraying young children desperate for basic human survival during the Third Reich. The writer beautifully portrays a mother grasping to keep her family together, making decisions that will impact her children forever.
WWII from a different perspective Most of the World War II stories I’ve read have been about soldiers, POWs, concentration camps and/or families hiding Jews from the Nazis. Not so in Back to Bremen, the true story of a German family forced to evacuate across the country amid the constant barrage of Allied bombs on their neighborhood and city. “I remember being sad and excited at the same time. None of us wanted to leave, but we were also more than eager to escape bombs, death, and fear,” says the now-grown Edith Ropke, age 3 when the story begins. The protagonist, now known as Edith Harris, survived the war, married a U.S. soldier and raised a family in the U.S. Eventually she met author Cecelia Wilson, who was fascinated by Edith’s story and vowed to tell it someday. The tale she brings is as gripping as any WWII story I’ve read or watched. The story is told from little Edith’s perspective, but her mother, Martha Ropke, is at the heart of it. “Always stay together,” Mutti (Mother) taught her children in an effort to keep them safe. The mantra was etched in each child’s memory as Marta led Edith and seven of her siblings through the war-torn countryside to safety. The story is of the family’s journey to return home to Bremen. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll say that I had the privilege of meeting Edith and one of her daughters at a book signing a few months ago. When I went home, I couldn’t put the book down.