- Taschenbuch: 484 Seiten
- Verlag: AuthorHouse (5. Oktober 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1425967558
- ISBN-13: 978-1425967550
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.736.288 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Weeds Like Us (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Oktober 2006
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The uprooting of seven million civilians - women, children, and elderly men - from their homes in the German provinces of East Prussia, Pomerania, and Silesia following World War II is largely unknown in the United States. Weeds Like Us is a gripping true adventure story about the author's own East Prussian family. The author's earliest years were spent in relative comfort on his grandfather's farm in East Prussia during World War II. For him, life in Hitler's Germany was the natural order of things. Then, in January 1945, just after the author's seventh birthday, the Russians rolled into East Prussia. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Weeds Like Us tells the story of what happened over the next six years, as the author's family tried to make its way safely to the West.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gunter Nitsch was born in K?nigsberg, East Prussia, in December 1937. By the time he was thirteen years old, he had lived in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and in both the Soviet-Occupied Zone and the British-Occupied Zone in Germany. After he came to the United States in 1964, he obtained a Bachelors degree from Hunter College and an MBA from Pace University while studying at night. For most of his professional life, he worked as a marketing consultant to American and German firms at the German American Chamber of Commerce, followed by eight years at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG in New York City. Since his retirement he has devoted his time to writing. He and his wife live in Chicago, llinois.
"I heartily recommend the above book to anyone interested in world history, World WAr II and its post-war adjustments, and the treatment and resettlements of mostly innocent civilian victims.
Gunter Nitsch wrote a very moving account of his own experience as young boy in East Prussia under pretty harsh Soviet occupation policies. Each catastrophy in war and peace can have huge personal consequences, but in this factual story the suffering lasted over three years until 1948. . It also showed as to how important family ties and leadership can be when every day is a fight for calories and housing , and therefore survival for all of them.
Growing up on the farm of his grandpa, a Nazi sympathizer, Gunter and his family in the extremely cold winter of 1944/45 tried to flee by horse carts from the Red Army, like thousands of others, but left too late and were caught in the turmoil of war. They became virtual prisoners of the Soviets with no civil and human rights whatsoever. To survive required luck but also indomitable will-power . They depended totally on whether a Soviet soldier was kind or brutal, probably similar to what the Russians experienced from German and allied soldiers, when they occupied parts of Russia .
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has some compassion for mostly naive and innocent victims ,, innocent because they were misled by Nazis who were the first to flee when the front came near, and who left the population in the lurch. Thus, this story cannot be told often enough !"
Das Buch ist in einem sehr gut verständlichem Englisch geschrieben.
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It's a true story about the war through the eyes of a child, and the horrors inflicted on innocent children. I sat on my sofa, never putting the book down until I was finished. You can feel the love of the mother, the grandfather and grandmother, their strong will of survival, their resolve to do anything and everything for their children. I not only read this particular book, but the sequels too. Entertaining, heartwarming, funny at times and an eye opener about people in Germany after the war. The third book was much more light hearted. Being a bachelor in New York had its ups and downs. The author also learned that not all was well and rosy in America. Hard lessons were to be learned. He used his experiences of hardship as a child and teenager to succeed in this land of ours, called the United States of America
Nobody in the United States knows poverty like that. We HAVE enough food here, even if it isn't distributed to all. After WWII, large parts of Europe literally starved because there wasn't food, period. Ditto for clothing. Here, we have food stamps, food banks, the Salvation Army, etc, so there is some safety net. There was NO safety net for those people. People did literally starve to death, and froze to death.
All of this is told in the language of a child, making the narrative even more harrowing and adding poignancy to the story. In 1998, fifty years after the events, Gunter returned to East Prussia, to Opa's farmhouse, now occupied by a Polish family. The kitchen table was still there, next to the wood-burning stove. The farm house still stood - but East Prussia was gone.
This is a brilliantly written story, told through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend it.
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