Surviving 'Uncle Hitler': Journey of a German Girl

Surviving 'Uncle Hitler': Journey of a German Girl

by Dorothea Wollin Null


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ISBN-13: 9781937333492
Publisher: First Steps Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

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Surviving 'Uncle Hitler': Journey of a German Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Kaitlyn Smith More than 1 year ago
This book piqued my interest when I realized it was written by a German girl in Germany who wasn't a Jew. So many books I have read about the war in Germany have been about Jews. This was about a normal, everyday girl who lived in Germany. And I have to tell you, this book was eye opening to read. The narrative about life in Germany during the war was fascinating, but even more interesting was Mrs. Null's narrative about life before the war, leading up to it. The implementation of Hitler's regime, the creation of the Third Reich, the propaganda spread by the government -- it was interesting to read. I must say, the style of writing took a bit of getting used to...and the format was a bit different than other books. But overall, the information contained inside covered all those flaws, and I was soon drawn into the story. I would absolutely recommend this book to others, but I would caution parents to read it before very young children. There are details of the war that are told that aren't too gory, but still....things like starvation, death, and bombs, to name a few, were just a matter of childhood growing up in Germany, and so are written about as such. All in all, I would give this book four stars, and I would lend it out to others -- my father has already mentioned wanting to read it :D I recieved a complimentary copy of this book through Book Crash in return for an honest review. I was not required to enjoy this book.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you a story about this book. I was having a discussion with Kristin (of course) about the idea that there are many fictional (and nonfiction as well) books about WW2 from the prospective of Jewish individuals, non-Germany individuals, pretty much anyone but a German individual. I mentioned that it would be interesting to read a book from the other perspective. I mean, let’s face it, we all know that not all Germans were supportive of the Nazi regime. Look at our own society and how many people truly know what is going on beyond their own household or even community. Not to get political at all but the truth is very very few of us as we tend to only be privy to what each side wants us privy too. That being said, it was shortly after that I came across this book on Book Crash and knew I had to read it. Even though it’s a fairly short book at only 121 pages it took me a bit to get it into my reading schedule. It was absolutely nothing like I expected yet everything it needed to be. I expected a neatly woven story of life in Germany during the war. A bit of back story perhaps with the rise of Hitler and maybe a bit of the aftermath. I completely got that but not in the way I envisioned. Let’s face it, I read the synopsis, I did a little digging into the book when I took it. I knew that the author was quite young during the war. I knew this but somehow still expected more an essay than a remembrance. However, I’m totally OK with that and here’s why. Broken into three sections (before, during, and after) each section is written in almost a short blurb style of remembrances. The memories of a child all these years later. The things that really stick with you. Worries. Fears. Questions that were never answered. Impressions. Personalities. It was all there. What they lacked in depth (hello, memories of a child!) they more than made up for by captivating you. It is very evident that the author has found her place with Christ, even though that didn’t come until many years later. She was raised with religious education in school by a Christian mother (who never shared her faith with her children) but never dug in to explore her faith. Many of her remembrances are brought full circle with the author’s fundamental belief and knowledge that her family survived only through God. Survived the bombings. Survived the journeys they undertook. Survived refugee camps. Survived the war. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough as a must read. It’s not a neat autobiography with all the elements we look for in a solid book. It’s a remembrance. And it’s pretty amazing. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Book Crash. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s probably obvious, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, that I’m very obsessed with the WWII era. When I saw this book, I knew I had to pick it up. What totally interested me was that the author lived through this war as a little girl, and the most interesting part is that this book is basically a German’s point of view of Hitler and what was going on in Germany at the time of his reign. I thought it was really shocking to discover that the people who lived in Germany had no idea of the tyranny that was going on through their government, as well as corruption. Hitler basically claimed he was Germany’s savior and their last hope after their economy/whatever it was went downhill. Everything was sugarcoated. The people had no idea what was going on, for the most part. I find it shocking that they decorated the streets with colorful flowers for Hitler’s birthday. I really loved how Dorothea really cares for children. There was a moment in the book where she was talking about how her mother and her aunt would lie to her in various situations, and I really admired her for saying that’s not how children should be treated. Although I really enjoyed this nonfiction, one thing frustrated me. The events that happened were not completely organized by date. Like, it mention something happening with Hitler/history most people would know and then jump back a few years before. That confused me and turned me off a bit, because who would want to be confused and not know where in time they were? This book is the author’s legacy, and her goal at the end was to point people to Christ. There are some interesting photos of her and her past, and I highly recommended you go check it out. Especially if you’re as fond of WWII as I am. Content Warnings: Death (different mentions such as one of an elderly man frozen and falling off a wagon and others not noticing he was gone for a few days); Some violence; Hints at Hitler and the others in power doing immoral things, especially to women. Most like some more content that I forgot. I’m good at forgetting, if you haven’t noticed … I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the book review program. This review was written in my own words and opinions.
Kitty_Foth-Regner More than 1 year ago
As the product of a family that immigrated to the U.S. from Pomerania in the 1920s, I’ve always been fascinated by Germany and everything related to World War II. I minored in the history of this period in college and personally toured concentration camps in Germany and Austria. What’s more, I consider two memoirs of this era – Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place and Trapped in Hitler’s Hell by Anita Dittman and Jan Markell – absolute masterpieces, easily making my personal Top 25 Favorite Books list. Dorothea Wollin Null’s Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’ (First Steps Publishing, 2016) doesn’t present these classics with any serious competition. Nevertheless, for a reader with an interest in the era, there’s a lot to like about this slim volume, which focuses on the author’s life as a German child growing up under the murderous tyrant she and her siblings were taught to call “Uncle.” For instance, the book: --Opens with an excellent summary of Hitler’s rise to power, penned by the author’s brother --Makes the case that average Germans had been blinded and brainwashed by the Nazi’s complete media censorship and superb propaganda machine --Describes some of the hardships German citizens faced over the course of the war, reminding the reader that they, too, were victims of Hitler’s evil --Provides insights into the human impact of military decisions – for instance, the 1942 British decision to begin “de-housing” the German people rather than focusing strictly on military and industrial targets --Expresses gratitude for America’s post-war assistance via the Marshall Plan and touches on our country’s once-strict immigration policies --Includes wonderful family photos and evocative descriptions of, for instance, the sight of stork nests and the scent of newly mown hay in the countryside as her family moved from place to place as refugees Null frequently makes reference to the Lord’s protection, provision and guidance throughout her ordeals, which I appreciated greatly. But I wish she'd gone into more detail about His intervention. It would have been very interesting, too, to learn about how she finally came to Christ as a young woman; she says that’s a story for another time, but a preview would have been welcome. And I do wish she had spelled out the gospel, to make this book potentially useful as a giant gospel tract. Still, I found much to admire in Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler.’ Kudos to Null for producing an interesting memoir. Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“Because we never knew what the next day would bring, my fears became an integral part of my life,” Dorothea Wollin Null confesses in her autobiography, Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’: Journey of a German Girl. ~ What ~ This one-hundred-and-twenty-one-page paperback is an autobiography of the life of a young girl who was born and raised in Germany when Hitler rose to power. With no profanity, a few adult situations and topics on war may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes acknowledgments and a foreword and brief biography on Adolf Hitler with the ending having an afterword and suggested reading. Dorothea Wollin Null was born in 1936, and she lived to tell about being homeless, starving, and a Fremma in her own country as she and her family moved to escape Allied bombings, live in refugee camps, and go to school as an outsider. The now-eighty-plus-year-old woman conveys her childhood was racked with fear, the inability to speak, loss of memory, and state of shock while living with a severe attachment disorder. As she explains her birth to being an eighteen-year-old who comes to America, she expresses the lessons learned as a child, parental observances, and how God’s constant provision kept her and her family safe. ~ Wish ~ Because the book only covers the first twenty years of the writer’s life, it is abrupt and leaves the reader wondering what happened to her the next sixty-plus years as it is so vague. I struggled with the written sectional format that lacked depth and emotion. Had she concentrated on several highlighted accounts of her life and went into greater detail, it would be a more engaging read. ~ Want ~ This book that focuses on a young German girl’s perspective of living in Germany during World War II to fleeing to America is a quick read that perhaps those who know her or have heard her speak would be more inclined to enjoy. Thanks to BookCrash, First Steps Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.