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The war of our childhood : memories of World War II /
[reported by] Wolfgang W.E. Samuel.
imprint
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2002.
description
xv, 356 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1578064821 (alk. paper)
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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2002.
isbn
1578064821 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4733385
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force
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Accounts that bear witness to the unutterable horrors German children endured during World War II
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Summaries
Main Description
One survivor tells of the fire bombing of Dresden. Another recounts the pervasive fear of marauding Russian and Czech bandits raping and killing. Children recall fathers who were only photographs and mothers who were saviors and heroes.These are typical in the stories collected inThe War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II. For this book Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a childhood refugee himself after the fall of Nazi Germany, interviewed twenty-seven men and women who as children--by chance and sheer resilience--survived Allied bombs, invading armies, hunger, and chaos."Our eyes carried no hate, only recognition of what was," Samuel writes of his childhood. "Peace was an abstraction. The world we Kinder knew nearly always had the word war appended to it."Samuel's heartfelt narratives from these innocent survivors are invariably riveting and often terrifying. Each engrossing story has perilous and tragic moments--school children in Leuna who are sent home during an air raid but are strafed as moving targets; fathers who exist only as distant figures, returning to their families long after the war--or not at all; mothers who are raped and tortured; families who are forced into a seemingly endless relocation that replicates the terrors of war itself. In capturing such experiences from nearly every region of Germany and involving people of every socio-economic class, this is a collection of unique memories, but each account contributes to a cumulative understanding of the war that is more personal than strategic surveys and histories.For Samuel and the survivors he interviewed, agony and fright were part of everyday life, just as were play, wondrous experience, and above all perseverance."My focus," Samuel writes, "is on the astounding ability of a generation of German children to emerge from debilitating circumstances as sane and productive human beings."Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired colonel in the U. S. Air Force, is the author ofGerman Boy: A Refugee's StoryandI Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, both published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax, Va.
Main Description
Written by survivors of the war, these accounts bear witness to the unimaginable horrors German children endured during World War II. 26 photos.
Main Description
One survivor tells of the fire bombing of Dresden. Another recounts the pervasive fear of marauding Russian and Czech bandits raping and killing. Children recall fathers who were only photographs and mothers who were saviors and heroes. These are typical in the stories collected in The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II. For this book Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a childhood refugee himself after the fall of Nazi Germany, interviewed twenty-seven men and women who as children--by chance and sheer resilience--survived Allied bombs, invading armies, hunger, and chaos. "Our eyes carried no hate, only recognition of what was," Samuel writes of his childhood. "Peace was an abstraction. The world we Kinder knew nearly always had the word war appended to it." Samuel's heartfelt narratives from these innocent survivors are invariably riveting and often terrifying. Each engrossing story has perilous and tragic moments--school children in Leuna who are sent home during an air raid but are strafed as moving targets; fathers who exist only as distant figures, returning to their families long after the war--or not at all; mothers who are raped and tortured; families who are forced into a seemingly endless relocation that replicates the terrors of war itself. In capturing such experiences from nearly every region of Germany and involving people of every socio-economic class, this is a collection of unique memories, but each account contributes to a cumulative understanding of the war that is more personal than strategic surveys and histories. For Samuel and the survivors he interviewed, agony and fright were part of everyday life, just as were play, wondrous experience, and above all perseverance. "My focus," Samuel writes, "is on the astounding ability of a generation of German children to emerge from debilitating circumstances as sane and productive human beings." Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired colonel in the U. S. Air Force, is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Storyand I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, both published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax, Va.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
War from the Skyp. 3
Dresden, Saxonyp. 6
Kassel, Hessep. 17
Wurzburg, Bavariap. 26
Leuna, Saxonyp. 34
Arneburg, Saxony-Anhaltp. 53
Berlinp. 67
Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinatep. 80
Koln, Northrhine-Westfaliap. 91
Westerburg, Rhineland-Palatinatep. 101
Remagen, Rhineland-Palatinatep. 112
War on the Groundp. 127
Landau, Lower Silesia (Poland)p. 130
Gut Borowki, Wartheland (Poland)p. 148
Domnau, East Prussia (Poland)p. 161
Konigsberg, East Prussia (Russia)p. 177
Ortelsburg, East Prussia (Poland)p. 194
Stuhm, East Prussia (Poland)p. 206
Weisstein, Upper Silesia (Poland)p. 223
Posen, Wartheland (Poland)p. 238
Potsdam, Brandenburgp. 250
Berlinp. 263
Wuppertal, Northrhine-Westfaliap. 278
Wollup, Brandenburgp. 285
Other Dimensions of Warp. 299
Komotau, Czech Republicp. 302
Prague, Czech Republicp. 314
Eilenburg, Saxony-Anhaltp. 329
Zwickau, Saxonyp. 335
Epiloguep. 343
Explanation of Termsp. 349
Indexp. 353
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