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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
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published April 24th 2014 by FriesenPress (first published April 23rd 2014)
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Nikki Landis
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some stories must be told, no matter how disturbing, horrible, or unbelievable they may seem. Some truths devastate because you can't imagine how they are possibly true. You DON'T WANT them to be true. How can such brutality exist? How can one individual possibly survive after so much horror? How much can the human spirit endure and bounce back from the brink of destruction and continue on?

This book, I think, is probably one of the most emotional and life changing stories I have ever read. It tr
Rose Scott
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“We don’t talk about that” is the fitting title for this revealing memoir of a woman who lost her childhood, her home and her innocence to a war that extended into what should have been peacetime.
Roeder’s begins by taking the reader back in time, when cars, machinery and hot running water were still novelties in European village life as late as the 1930’s, when the Nazis came to power. But for ordinary people to speak out against them was to invite disaster on your family, job and standing in t
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
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-stories
This is a true story by an amazing woman who lived through WW2 in Pomerania, Germany (which became part of Poland after the war). Giselle (Gila) was 11 when the war came to her part of the world.
The book is a very simple read, written in the first person in a declarative style, just like she is sitting there telling you the story of her life - which in fact is what she does in this book.
Surprisingly, the "awful" part they don't talk about, doesn't take much time in this book. Perhaps that is a
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.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well told narrative and interesting book. Written from a perspective we don't hear nearly enough of.
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
Trevor Cradduck
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marina Osipova
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rare glimpse at the subject that was taboo for so long

So engrossing, so painful and sad, at times, disturbing, and so surprisingly poetic at some places. In her honest revelation of what no one wanted to talk about for decades, the author TALKS about that, which was humiliating, shameful, better not to remember. She talks without hatred, more like presenting an account of “it was the way it was”. It takes courage. It takes the understanding of the big picture of that horrible war, inhumanly b
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J.P. McLean
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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