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  • By Tim Spencer
    Oct 15, 2009
    "On a Green Twig" From a Michigan reader: I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir; it evoked many emotions as I read it. I was struck by a young girl having so many heavy responsibilities on her young shoulders. I was drawn to her Papa, too. With wonderful prose it made me see him as a man most people called 'Kleine Seppel,' and why. The 'why' is a fascinating story in itself. Like his father and grandfather before him, defeat was for others. The colorful description of childhood life in a tiny farm village in the 1930's will charm and entertain readers young and old. Sometimes I felt a little peeved at older brother Erich who often took too much advantage of a sister five years younger. This sibling behavior, both serious and very funny, continued after the family moved to a larger community dominated by what you called the Donnersberg (Thunder Mountain). It was also the government center for the region. Later, serving in the German navy, Erich knew little of the burdens at... More > home. Caring for a dying mother, a new born baby brother, plus school lessons and household chores fell to Anna. The story reveals a mother unable to show affection, luckily for Anna Papa fulfilled that need until war took him away. Shortly after Mama was suddenly struck by a mysterious illness that eventually led to dementia and death. Serving at a far off air base, Papa could do little about Anna's plight until fate stepped in. There came an opportunity of his transfer to a phony air base nearer home. Still this period for Anna during ages 13 - 16 was a heavy burden for one so young. With the words of advice and encouragement of Papa ringing in her head, she did what she could, often through trials and error. Realization that the survival of Mama, little Peter and herself came down to believing in and practicing the ways of Kleine Seppel, a person she called Papa. In this memoir, the reader finds a strong portrayal of what Germany was like during those years for the average German families during war time. This memoir is a convincingly truth that few ordinary folk in Germany really knew what Hitler and the Nazi regime were doing until much too late. Janice Mosser, Portland, MI< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781435715493
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Temple Com.
Published
April 29, 2009
Language
English
Pages
490
Binding
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.6 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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