Feldpost: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann

Feldpost: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann

by Denis Havel


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Feldpost: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann by Denis Havel

Feldpost: The Wartime Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann documents the life and frontline experiences of a German soldier from the 6th Infantry Division from 1941-1945. Niemann, a well-educated youth from a close-knit family in Cologne, was sent to the Russian Front four times. He wrote his final two letters home from Poland on 12 January 1945 before he disappeared during the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive. In his extensive correspondence, Niemann describes the fighting at Rzhev, Russia, 1942- 1943, and his survival of the destruction of his division during the Soviet summer offensive in 1944. His is a rare view of battles that annihilated entire German divisions and armies. After the Second World War, the Niemann family preserved Reiner’s letters and photographs, and shipped them to New Orleans when Reiner's sister, Liselotte Andersson, had emigrated. Neglected in an attic for over fifty years, the documents surfaced only after Hurricane Katrina flooded the family house. Andersson’s daughter-in-law, author Whitney Stewart, discovered the letters in 2012 and contacted Denis Havel to translate them. Together, Havel and Stewart uncovered historical details that enabled them to follow Reiner’s trail and tell his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625450159
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Sales rank: 632,694
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Denis Havel graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in psychology and has taught at both the high school and college level. An independent historian, Havel has studied German history, language and literature, and the Prussian-German military. He is currently active in German-American organizations, notably the Germania Männerchor, that preserve German language and traditions.

Whitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She is a prolific author of children's book, adult nonfiction, and travel writing. In the course of her work, she has trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal, and interviewed the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi. She currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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