Josie: A Story of Faith and Survival
On the heels of World War II, the communist leader of Yugoslavia attempted to wipe out the ethnic Germans (Donauschwaben) living within his borders, many of whom had been loyal Yugoslav citizens for generations.
History books have been silent on this tragic ethnic cleansing, but Josie shines a light on the atrocities Tito committed against these people and one family in...more
“Home is where your family is,” she said, a German Oma. This book showed me the light of human being from those good people, German, Serb and more in War. I like the book, “Josie.” And recommend it.
—S.L. Tsao, Author & Art Director, in Oct 2017. ...more
I would suggest this be offered in classes as well. It gives a side of events that is seldom seen. The hardships didn’t end when the war did and this will be eye-opening for many ...more
I usually don't read non fiction but this book caught my eye and was beautifully written about a amazingly brace girl and her family surviving so much just to a genocide. You learn a lot through this story. I find myself emotional at what this girl and her family went through. The cruelty of Tito makes me angry and cry at the same time. This is a story that should be a must read in history classes for sure whether high school or college. Every student should know this story.
‘Josie’ is the true story of a young German girl who endured the family’s expulsion from their home in Glogon, now Glogonj in Serbia, after Workd War II, and the horrors of persecution and imprisonment.
Written from a child’s perspective, the story is told in a straightforward but very personal way, so that the reader develops a strong sense of empathy and connection with Josie, taking on her emotions and feeling the tension of key moments in the story quite ...more
This is a powerful story which depicts a part of history that I was unaware of. It’s upsetting how cruel people can be to those that they have power over. When cruelty is openly accepted as a means of dealing with those who considered “the other.”
But it’s not all about suffering. The book is mainly about faith and perseverance. About how when you have nothing left, faith can be the engine that pushes you forwards towards a better future. A future where you are ...more
Reading such personal accounts of the atrocities of WWII such as those found in Josie is something I wish we could say never happened, yet we must learn from the mistakes of the past to create a better future. The story does a good job of noting the horrors without giving too much detail, which makes this book entirely appropriate for teenaged readers. I appreciated the summary of the people’s lives at the end so we could follow them all the way through their lives, ...more
This story of survival is worth reading.
Some stories stay with you long after you finish and I'm sure Josie isn't one I'll be soon to forget.
I've read true accounts of the German people after WWII before and I'm always astounded, horrified, and angered by the ruthless and degrading actions one people can perpetrate against another. Such atrocity should never be allowed to happen, but more importantly, it should never be forgotten.
Josie is a small child when the events begin to unfold after the war. She's forced into impossible ...more
That was me with this book. I was glad that the story was told, but I was and continue to be so sad at each one that must be shared. There are certain tragedies in history that I just wish never happened. That I feel should have never happened. The fact of the matter is, they did.
This book is a tear jerker for sure. This isn't the author just telling the story of her mother and countless others that endured a ...more
I do have one complaint though, and it is a petty one.
I really, really wish the cover artist had chosen ...more
Marshal Tito and his resistance forces provided what some refer to as the greatest resistance movement against Hitler’s Nazi’s and the Axis forces, eventually clearing them from Yugoslavia. However, any of the Yugoslavian citizens that were of German decent payed the price. Despite having nothing to do with the war, men, women and children were rounded up and put into labor and death camps.
This is the story of one of those ethnic Germans. Josefa ...more
Josie is a beautifully written story of a brave little girl fighting for survival with her loving family. I prayed along with this family as they experienced things I can't even imagine. The fear and heartbreak to live through and to never lose their faith, knowing God would see them through this terrible time. I loved the relationship between Josie and her big brother, at times Josie was just an annoying little sister and other times they fought ...more
Five stars for Ms. Lowe.
I have always enjoyed true stories and this story did not disappoint. It is amazing what people have endured and the faith that has sustained them during almost impossible ,unimaginable circumstances. This is a truly inspiring book and I would recommend it.
This book is a testament to those who suffered but have been ignored by history. This dramatic story shows that. My favorite line is, “We observe that when the underdog becomes the top dog, he behaves as every top dog does.” True to life.
This story is sad, ...more