Threaten to Undo Us

Threaten to Undo Us

by Rose Seiler Scott

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Overview

As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles and Stalin's Army advances, German civilians in the Eastern territories are forced to flee for their lives.

Leaving her dying mother, Liesel and her four young children hope they can make it from their home in Poland across the Oder River to safety. But all that awaits them is terror and uncertainty in a brutal new regime that threatens to tear Liesel's family apart.

With her husband a prisoner of war in Russia and her children enslaved, Liesel's desire for hearth and home is thwarted by opposing political forces, leaving her to wonder if they will ever be a family again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927559680
Publisher: Promontory Press Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Along the road to being a writer, Rose has been a bookkeeper, piano teacher and mother of four. She makes her home in Surrey, BC with her husband and their two younger children and enjoys singing, reading and travel.

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BenColes More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it's hard to remember just how many victims there were in World War II. Most of then were civilians. And, as this book vividly portrays, some of them were Germans. This story pulls no punches in showing the evil inherent in the Nazi regime, but it serves as a powerful reminder that in war there are always innocent victims, no matter which side of the conflict they're on.
HeatherWesting More than 1 year ago
There are many fictional accounts of World War II, but this book is unusually fascinating as it portrays the fates of German civilians living in their homes in Poland as the Nazi armies collapse and the Soviets advance. The often black-and-white good versus evil of World War II is blended into many shades of grey in this compelling story.
SandraSR More than 1 year ago
A compelling look at what happened in Europe after World War II was over, told through a story of love and faith.
katekathyvale More than 1 year ago
I'm drawn to historical depictions. This story about WWII takes a different slant than many. It's not about a Jewish family caught up in the death camps, but rather a Christian family in the wrong place (Poland) at the wrong time for their own safety. Although at times slow, I was taken by the characters as they played out the circumstances of the war and what happened afterwards.
Rkan More than 1 year ago
‘Threaten to Undo Us’ tells us much about borders, nationalities, and minorities. I should say at the outset that for thematic purpose and its somewhat atypical focus on events and conditions in World War II, this is a worthwhile read. Those of ethnic and religious difference who had at least been living in tolerance if not acceptance and appreciation were, as a result of the Nazi invasion in Poland, cast into alignments that were not necessarily of their personal choosing. The novel, through the struggles of a peasant family, moves the reader through circumstance of heartache and physical suffering. Just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, it does. The Russian liberation proved to be anything but. How does one keep a family together in such circumstance? What must be endured for the protection of the children? What must be sacrificed? ‘Threaten to Undo Us’ is historical fiction and is well researched. There is strength in the writing but at times it seems somewhat ‘constructed’. Occasionally a conversation which is meant to reveal an historical point or provide a context might sometimes be better addressed through description or action. But that may be just a personal preference of mine. ‘Threaten to Undo Us’ provides pause for thought and in the end isn’t that what literary fiction should do?