Letters From Berlin

Author: Kerstin Lieff
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762789743
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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.

Letters From Berlin

Author: Kerstin Lieff
Publisher: Random House Australia
ISBN: 1742752950
Size: 46.45 MB
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Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography. A vivid recreation of a largely untold side of world war II - the German side. Six years before Margarete died, the author asked her mother to tell her all her stories of life during and just after the Second World War. "If you don't tell, no one will ever know and all those stories, and all that suffering, will go to your grave." Drawing on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with her mother, Kerstin Lieff has recreated Margarete's story from her childhood and her child's eye view of the rise and fall of the Reich through the family's increasingly desperate circumstances as the war's end neared. In the final days, as the Russians moved toward Berlin, there were terrible rumors and fears. With the war's end, Margarete and her mother found themselves on a train, which they believed was headed for freedom, but, instead, after a long, gruelling journey, took them into the heart of Russia, and, finally to a Gulag, where they were to spend two horrible years before finally returning to a Berlin which was no longer home to them. When Kerstin Lieff was going through her German-American mother Margarete's effects, following her death, she came upon an extraordinary collection of letters, written by her mother during the final days of World War II when, as a 19-year-old, she was working as a nurse in the besieged city of Berlin. They were love letters, addressed to a young soldier at the front. Filled with the young woman's longing and hope in the face of disaster, the poignant letters were never mailed. Margarete's beautiful letters form a coda to a book that provides an unusual picture of coming of age in wartime Germany and in the terrible aftermath of the war.

Letters From Berlin

Author: Margarete Dos
Publisher: Random House Australia
ISBN: 1742752942
Size: 71.65 MB
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When Kerstin Lieff was going through her German-American mother Margarete's effects following her death, she came upon an extraordinary collection of letters written by her mother during the final days of World War II when, as a nineteen year-old, she was working as a nurse in the besieged city of Berlin. They were love letters addressed to a young soldier at the front. Filled with Margarete's longing and hope in the face of disaster, these poignant letters were never mailed because the postal service was no longer functioning and she had no idea by then where her lover was, or whether he was even still alive. Her letters form a coda to a book that provides an unusual picture of coming of age in wartime Germany, and in the terrible aftermath of the war. Drawing on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with her mother, Kerstin Lieff has recreated Margarete's story from her childhood and her child's eye view of the rise and fall of the Reich through the family's increasingly desperate circumstances as the war neared its end. In the final days, as the Russians moved towards Berlin, there were terrible rumours and fears. When the war ended, Margarete and her mother found themselves on a train which they believed was headed for freedom, but instead, after a long, gruelling journey, took them into the heart of Russia and, finally, to a Gulag, where they were to spend two dreadful years before finally returning to a Berlin that was no longer home to them.

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From Berlin To Berkeley

Author: Reinhard Bendix
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412824071
Size: 80.29 MB
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From Berlin to Berkeley is an intellectual portrait of one of America's leading social scientists, Reinhard Bendix, and his father, Ludwig Bendix. It is a story of cultural identity and assimilation, of survivors from a course of events that destroyed millions of lives. Reinhard Bendix offers a profound and moving account of his father's life as a lawyer and critic of the German judicial system, his break with Judaism and identification with German culture, and his emigration to Palestine during Hitler's regime. Bendix then examines the relationship with his father and details his youth in Germany, his emigration to America, and his early career as a scholar.