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By Eleanor Ramrath Garner

A COMPELLING AND EVOCATIVE tale that immerses readers within the day-by-day struggles of surviving international warfare II. Eleanor's tale is the dramatic autobiography of Eleanor Ramrath Garner's early life, growing to be up as an American stuck in global conflict II Berlin. it is a tale of attempting to continue balance, desire, and identification in an international of terror and contrasts. throughout the nice melancholy, whilst she is 9, Eleanor's relations strikes from her cherished the USA to Germany, the place her father has been provided an exceptional task. yet warfare breaks out as her relatives is crossing the Atlantic, they usually can't go back to the us. Eleanor attempts to keep up her American id as she feels herself pulled into the turbulent existence roiling round her. She fervently hopes for an Allied victory, but for years she needs to try and live to tell the tale the Allied bombs shattering her local. Her kinfolk faces separations, bombings, starvation, the ultimate fierce conflict for Berlin, the Russian invasion, and the terrors of Soviet occupancy. This compelling tale immerses us within the day-by-day struggles of surviving global warfare II as a civilian. It places a truly human face at the horrors of conflict and is helping us keep in mind that each one casualty of struggle is anyone, no longer a host.

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Omi and I looked on in astonishment as they performed a ritual, which included repeatedly raising their right hands, arms outstretched. ” I asked. Omi shook her head. “I don’t know,” she replied. ” After that, Omi seemed preoccupied. We walked home in silence. After my family’s visit to Eslohe, we went to Münster to see Grossmutter and Grossvater Rump, Mother’s parents, and Tante Elsbeth, her sister. Mother had told us that when she was young, the family lived in a big house and had servants. Grossmutter was always a stickler for appearances and also for good manners, especially at the dinner table.

Don’t worry,” he said. “It’s only a drill. No enemy airplanes are around. ” I cried hysterically, begging Mother, “Please, please, let’s go back to Stratford! ” The next day we watched as a group of draftees marched down the street past my grandparents’ home. Grossvater shook his head sadly as he looked at the young men barely out of their teens. ” he muttered. ” I whispered to Frank. ” I nodded. I remembered hearing Grossvater talk about how many of his friends had lost their lives in that war.

In late November, the dreaded day arrived: my first day of German elementary school. While I could now speak the language, despite my tutoring I still could not read or write it easily. What scared me most, though, was that for the first time I would be in school without Frank. He had to go to the boys’ school, while I was to attend the girls’ school. In Stratford we had always shared a classroom. I didn’t know what I was going to do now without being able to look over and see Frank. Mother went with me that first morning to the old, dark, brick building that looked like a prison.

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