When Margarete Dos moved with her family to Berlin on the eve of World War II, she and her younger brother were blindly ushered into a generation of Hitler Youth. Like countless citizens under Hitler’s regime, Margarete struggled to understand what was happening to her country. Later, as a nurse for the German Red Cross, she treated countless young soldiersrecruited in the eleventh hour to fight a losing battlethey would die before her eyes as Allied bombs racked her beloved city. Yet, her deep humanity, intelligence, and passion for lifewhich sparkles in every sentence of her memoircarried Margarete through to war’s end. But just when she thought the worst was over, and she and her mother were on a train headed to Sweden, they were suddenly rerouted deep into Russia…
This powerful account draws back the curtain on a piece of history that has been largely overlookedthe nightmare that millions of German civilians suffered, simply because they were German. That Margarete survived to tell her tale so vividly and courageously is a gift to us all.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Note to the Reader xxii
Part I Paradise Lost, 1933-1942
1 Paradise 3
2 Am I Still the Way We Used to Be? 14
3 An Important Man Arrives 21
4 A City I Would Fall in Love With 30
5 The Night of Broken Glass 40
6 The Announcement Came 47
7 That's Just How It Is Now 62
Part II Bombs on Berlin, 1942-1945
8 In the Bunkers 77
9 I'll Be Home in No Time 86
10 You'll Study Medicine 98
11 The Professor with the Gray Boots 109
12 You'll Not Recognize It 117
13 The Twentieth of July 128
14 Horse Carts and Children 136
15 Who Will Save Us? 151
16 The Final Days 164
17 It's Over 171
Part III Journey to a New Life, 1945-1949
18 A Sharp Turn 175
19 Stay Small 188
20 Snow 202
21 The Seasons Changed 218
22 You Still Have Hope 226
23 The Wide-Open Nothingness 238
24 Mutti Was Stoic 253
25 How I Came to Kiel 263
26 The Man Who Had Been to Canada 274
Coda: Sweden, 1952
27 The Lake 287
Letters to My Beloved Franzel 297
Selected Bibliography 356
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What was it like to be an ordinary German citizen as Hitler came to power? This book tells that story in the memoir of a woman who came of age just before the war and saw her plans for her future change drastically as Germany went to war. Many Germans were not particularly supportive of the war but got caught up in circumstances beyond their control and then just tried to survive. Margarete's experiences are shocking and what she endured is stunning. It's something that most of us never learned in history class. This is compelling reading, well written, well researched and honestly told.
This is an interesting perspective.
Really enjoyed this book, in fact will read it again!!
I really enjoyed this book! It was very well written, and shared a perspective that is not typically considered when we think about WWII. I'm so glad that Kerstin Lieff shared her mother's story!
If you have ever complained about anything, this is the book to read. Makes you rethink what you are complaining about. A well written book about the travesty of war and lasting effects on the participants and non-participants.
Great read for anyone who is interested in this time period in history. Gives all of us an idea and feel for what life was like for those living thru this time in Germany.
this is a very good book. I have never read a book for the German side of the war. I will give this a 5 star. you have to read the book.
What a history of pictures and memories at such a devastating time in history! A really incredible account of life during Hitler.