We Dont Talk About That: An Amazing Story of Survival

We Dont Talk About That: An Amazing Story of Survival

by Giselle Roeder


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Millions of women were abused and raped during the final stages of WW II, and while the attitude among many survivors is "We don't talk about that", this woman has found the courage to place her memories on record.

Growing up in a rural village in Pomerania, Gila's tranquil life turned tragic when the fighting approached her neighborhood. Her father was captured and taken to Siberia while she and her family became displaced persons and joined the trek of thousands "on the road to nowhere." She was witness to gruesome acts of violence that quickly aged her before her years. She barely survived diphtheria and later, recovering from typhoid fever, she took responsibility for her three siblings while her mother worked. Despite her interrupted schooling through circumstances beyond her control, Gila's determination empowered her to become a Physical Education teacher and successful competitive kayaker. The division of Germany into East and West with its political ramifications caused her to escape to West Germany. Here she was able to fulfill an old dream despite having to face new challenges, including an unwanted affair. Gila's story is one of heartache, courage, pain, love, liberation and reclaiming life....

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ISBN-13: 9781460232088
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Following her emigration to Canada, Giselle Roeder became a successful business woman and international public speaker. She has regularly written for several magazines and authored two books regarding healthy living. She currently resides on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia....

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book hard to put down. How did she ever survive? It relates the author’s life before, during and after WWII. I think the readers will learn things that the average person in North America never learned in school or read in Newspaper; about how the war affected thousands of families, not just the Jews, and not just the Nazis. I like the fact that the book is not “just” about the war. It covers not only the innocent childhood memories and the fears and atrocities encountered during the Russian invasion, but the creation of the two German States, the author’s life after the war and how she survived, became successful, and overcame even more difficult situations in her young adulthood before, finally, making a monumental decision to leave Germany and come to Canada. I recommend the book highly because of learning a part of history that people to this day don’t want to “Talk About” and at the same time for the entertainment value that touches your heart.