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Return to Dresden

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Autobiography -- World War II Why did the German people tolerate the Nazi madness? Maria Ritter's life is haunted by the ever-painful, never-answerable "German Question." Who knew? What was known?

Confronting the profound silence in which most postwar Germans buried pain and shame, she attempts in this memoir to give an answer for herself and for her generation. Sixty years
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published February 13th 2004 by University Press of Mississippi (first published January 1st 2004)
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Courtney Lennberg
Jan 20, 2016 Courtney Lennberg rated it it was amazing
In a heartbreakingly woven memoir, Ritter offers a seldom shared perspective—that of a German child during WW2. A psychoanalytic analysis of the age-old conundrum—are the sins of the fathers heaped onto the heads of the children?

Ritter skillfully weaves burning questions throughout her account of her experiences—told while she journeys back through her hazy early years to piece together her own history and find clues about her nearly-forgotten life experiences.

One of those reads that has the c
Feb 23, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
What I had previously known about the Dresden firebombing could be summed up in about two sentences. Ritter's book prompted me to learn more about this American atrocity. Further, the description of the Germans sense of guilt and shame after learning about the Holocaust answered many questions I have had about the war's aftermath. This shared remembrance is still very much a part of its national identity.
Apr 12, 2009 Deena rated it it was amazing
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This book was written by the mother of a friend of mine. She grew up in Dresden and was a child during the bombing. It was an outstanding book, mainly for the first-hand account of a survivor's experience.
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