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  • By Dr. Charles and Donna Schilling
    Sep 23, 2007
    "A review of "Ann Angel's Freedom" " This book has been researched for historical accuracy by Anke Waldmann and beautifully written by Katherina Gerlach. Having recently visited this area for Donna's grandfather's family roots twice, we visited an outdoor museum which showed many of the articles, castles, shops, farms and homes that are mentioned in this book. We also visited her grandfather's actual home. However, after spending six days total in Osnabrueck and Bad Essen areas, we still had questions about their everyday lives. Now, having read the story, "Ann Angel's Freedom", we now can understand and appreciate the early life our ancestors lived--one that is far different from the ones we lead here in the USA. My favorite part of the book was the wedding customs of the "wedding inviter"--the one who comes to invite guests to the wedding--such FUN! ! ! Other everyday life situations are told with both accuracy and great interest. Besides... More > the description of typical German customs, one can also understand some of the political problems faced during the time period that the book covers. Descriptions of the mode of transportation, the buildings and homes, and problems faced during this time period are described with great detail. We rate this book with 5 stars, and highly recommend the book for its accurate portrayal of German life in Northwestern Germany during the 1700's-1800's. Be sure to purchase a few for gifts for your relatives and friends, especially if their ancestors came from this area also. The book is wonderfully written, and I understand that there is to be a Book 2 shortly. We look forward to reading that as well to get even more insight into the day-to-day lives of our German ancestors.< Less
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Product Details

Waldmann volume 1
October 4, 2007
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.84 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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