We Came From Konigsberg by Max Overton (Historical: Germany World War)

 
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Bob Rich
May 7, 2013
The first thing to grab my attention was the beautiful, crystal clear writing. Not a word is wasted, sentences are easy to read so that the reader can focus in on the content, and the powerful emotions elicited in a subtle, understated way. This is writing from a position of empathy and compassion, and will get the reader to feel the same. This content is well worth focusing on: a very real, very realistic tale of survival: one fine woman with intelligence and determination, walking with her five young children through the repeating hell of the advancing Red Army and the retreating Germans.

The narrative is mostly in the third person, but there are passages in which Elisabet speaks to us herself, and I found these to be the most illuminating about the culture she came from. People nowadays can't understand how the great mass of ordinary, decent German people could have supported Hitler. Her passages, written with sensitivity and insight, provide a window into their thinking, and this is very relevant for our times, because the same processes can take place any time, in any society.

You must read this book, and it's a keeper. You will want to read it again.
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Karin Hechtle
Mar 26, 2015
I myself have come from Koenigsberg and the Book is a true History of the horrible crimes committed by the Russians to the East Prussian People.

This book brought back many painful memories. It is well told.
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