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We Dont Talk about That - An Amazing Story of Survival

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Millions of women were abused and raped during the final stages of WW II, and while the attitude among many survivors is "We don't talk about that," this woman has found the courage to place her memories on record. Growing up in a rural village in Pomerania, Gila's tranquil life turned tragic when the fighting approached her neighborhood. Her father was captured and taken ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by FriesenPress
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Trevor Cradduck
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of history
This was a book that was so very hard to put down. It reveals so much that it is no wonder that the title is "We don't talk about that". It is understandable that those who experienced the same traumas that befell the author at the close of WW II would not wish to refresh those memories. The author shows great courage in relating the story of her childhood during the war then the trek with her family "on the road to nowhere", living under the oppression of East Germany and even the abuse by a st ...more
Cynthia
Rather horrifying account of the treatment of German families-- particularly women and children--during the taking over of Eastern Germany by the Russians. My husband's family fled as refugees and he did not want me to read aloud. I found it fascinating.

People are amazingly resilient. The author eventually came to Canada and lives in Nanaimo, an hour away from us.
Ann Roberts
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subtitled, ‘An amazing story of survival’ this autobiography is surely that. Giselle Roeder was born in a German province which after WW2 became part of Poland. Her story is by turns illuminating, shocking, awe-inspiring and uplifting – beautifully written in a style that simply draws the reader along.
The first third of this autobiography tells of peaceful family life between the wars in a quiet farming area. For the majority of the war, little seemed to change until the beginning of 1945, when
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Trevor Cradduck
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been privileged to read an early manuscript of this gripping story of survival. It is easy to understand the reluctance of so many women to talk about their experiences during and immediately following a war. This author has demonstrated great courage in taking on the task of recording what others will not talk about. The book relates both her experiences as a young child in a war torn country and her subsequent experiences as a young adult including an unwanted affair, being stalked, bei ...more
J.P. McLean
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Harsh Reality

I had the pleasure of meeting this fascinating woman, and was captivated by her delightful, positive energy. After reading We don’t talk about That, I am even more amazed, not only that she survived and has achieved so much in her life, but that she had the fortitude to chronicle her experiences. It couldn’t have been easy.

Giselle Roeder’s story begins before the war. Her recollections of a storybook childhood in Pomerania is the vision that remains in your mind as the war encroac
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Born prior to WWII Giselle Roeder spent her early life in the relatively tranquil setting of a rural village in Pomerania, the most eastern part of Germany ceeded to Poland in 1945. The bloody trauma of the fighting between the advancing Russians and the retreating German army in her neighborhood meant that thousands of people, including her family became displaced persons. Despite the interruptio ...more