Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

by Kerstin Lieff

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Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship by Kerstin Lieff

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 soldiers—recruited in the eleventh hour to fight a losing battle—they would die before her eyes as Allied bombs racked her beloved city. Yet, her deep humanity, intelligence, and passion for life—which sparkles in every sentence of her memoir—carried 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 overlooked—the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762777983
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kerstin Lieff was born to Margarete Dos and Jurgen Moller in Stockholm, Sweden, in the winter of 1952, just after her parents fled their German homeland. Ten months later, the family immigrated to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she grew up speaking German and hearing stories about her parents' past. Her mother died in 2005 at the age of eighty-one, not long after reciting her life's story. Kerstin now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

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

Epilogue 343

Acknowledgments 348

Endnotes 350

Selected Bibliography 356

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Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bookbabe56 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting perspective.
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Really enjoyed this book, in fact will read it again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
JKathleen More than 1 year ago
What a history of pictures and memories at such a devastating time in history! A really incredible account of life during Hitler.
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