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Between Two Homelands: Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany

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In 1920, at the age of thirteen, Irmgard Gebensleben first traveled from Germany to The Netherlands on a "war-children transport." She would later marry a Dutch man and live and raise her family there while keeping close to her German family and friends through the frequent exchange of letters. Yet during this period geography was not all that separated them. Increasing ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by University of Illinois Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Sep 09, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers, netgalley
I completely loved this book. I am not what I would call a WWII buff, but I do enjoy reading books about WWII. This book was very different for me. It was a collection of letters and diary entries of a family from Germany and the daughter who married a Dutch man and lived in Holland during the rise of the Nazis and WWII. It was interesting and scary to see how the family in Germany became brainwashed almost and were huge supporters of the Nazi party, while the daughter who lived in Holland could ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Anne-Marie rated it really liked it
This is a real must read for those interested in the period of the second world war between 1920 and 1949. It is written in a series of letters assembled by Hedda Kalshoven, daughter of Irmgard Gebensleben. Irmgard was thirteen years old in 1920, when she was sent to a foster family in The Netherlands as part of a 'war children project'. This turned into the most important relationship in her life, as her foster family stayed in touch throughout her teenage years, even sending her an allowance ...more
May 20, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Between Two Homelands is a collection of letters written during the times of WWII.
I found the letters fascinating and heartbreaking. It's really interesting to see how daily life was during this time. I believe I will be reading this again at another time. It's definitely worth a reread.
I would highly recommend this collection to those who are interested with WWII era Germany and the Netherlands.
5 Stars.
Apr 28, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
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Jul 25, 2014 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An intimate look at life in Germany and Holland between 1920-1949.
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Apr 16, 2014 Jenni Schell rated it really liked it
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This book is wonderful for anyone interested in World War II. It is at times both wonderful and heartbreaking. Just a great all around read.
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