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Nov 23, 2011 Carol Kean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Iowans, daughters, Germans, anyone
Recommended to Carol by: Doug Beard, fellow Iowan
Beautiful tribute to a father who suffered loss of homeland under the Nazis - and no, not as a displaced Jew, but as a German civilian. When the Red Army invaded, millions of Silesians became homeless in an instant, unless they were gunned down first, or brutally gang-raped. But the novel isn't about the atrocity of war, per se; it's a daughter's search to understand her father, who migrated to Iowa after the war, and stopped at the town with the "Germans welcome" sign. Anti-German sentiment in ...more
This was an awesome book. It keeps you enthralled and you have to finish it within a few days! Read it and you will see! It deals with World War II, and so there are some gruesome parts, but unfortunately that is what happens in war. Also, it takes place in modern times,and deals with some hard family issues, so it keeps the reader interested on different levels.