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Escape: Our journey home through war-torn Germany

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Two sisters.
One extraordinary true story.

Germany, 1945. Trapped between advancing armies, stranded hundreds of miles from their mother, and with their father missing in action, sisters Barbie and Eva were confronted with an impossible choice.

Should they stay and face invasion or risk their lives to find their mother?

Together, they set out on a perilous three-hundred

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Cornerstone Digital
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Bev Walkling
Barbie Probert-Wright was a young child in 1945 Germany as the war was drawing to a close. She was seven and all her life her family had done their best to protect her from the harsh realities of war that were taking place. As it became clear that Germany was going to lose, her parents opted to send her to join her older sister where they thought she would be safer. It ended up being the wrong choice and this book describes what happened to the author both before and after she left the shelter ...more
Kathleen Bizjak
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best read of 2019 so far for me. Purchased this book because there are so few that tell of the tribulations experienced by the German people who lived through WW2.
Barbie Probert-Wright re-tells the harrowing 300 mile walk at age 7 (to reunite with their mother in Hamburg) with her 18 year old sister Eva, during the final days of the war. It is unbelievable that they survived their journey of intense danger as the allies liberation forces moved through Germany from the west, and the brutal
Therese Murray
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction especially WW2 era, and was thrilled to pick up this book for my holiday read. Escape, however, is a true story so this made it even more special. My father had a similar experience as the authors so this story was near to my heart. It is refreshing to read about the too-often overlooked plight of the German people after the war. Thank you Bärbel for sharing your story from the eyes of a young girl. ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in WW2 stories I can highly recommend "Escape" from Barbie Probert-Wright written with Jean Ritchie. It's the true story of Barbie (Bärbel) and the journey she took with her sister Eva in April 1945 through war-torn Germany to get back to their mother. Barbie was only 7 and it gives you a fascinating insight in how she experienced the journey and also from the viewpoint of ordinary German people. She uses extracts from her sisters journal to give more substance to the ...more
Anne Robinson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I dont usually read much non-fiction these days, but I am very glad that I found this book. The idea of seeing the end of WWII through the eyes of a German child intrigued me. The journey that the two sisters undertook was very interesting and really kept me absorbed. The highs and lows of the story made me feel quite emotional at times and the landscapes and unfolding events were well-drawn. There were certainly very harrowing parts of the tale too.

The book kept my attention until the last
Melanie King
The plot/story really interested me but it's obvious in the writing that she's not a professional author. For a WWII story I found myself struggling through the slow boring storytelling. However not the worst and I did find I was very impressed with having been given a different view of the German people during WWII.
Janice Kroeker
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing memoir of an escape during world War II, by a 17 year-old, German girl, together with her 7 year-old sister. They trekked 300 miles through unbelievable dangers, to find their mother! Definitely, a page turner!
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tearful story of another side to WW2 which I knew nothing about, a must read!
Terry Brown
A different sort of war story telling about two young German girls trying to find their folks who they have been separated from
Louise St. Germain
This was a remarkable story about two sisters (aged 7 and 19) trying to reunite with their mother, walking long distances through often treacherous circumstances as WWII drew to a close in their native Germany.

I found the first 3/4 of the story gripping, but the remaining 1/4 of the story felt more like being at any kitchen table and being told about all the relatives and what's been going on with every one of them. I think the book could have ended at the 3/4 mark and it would have been
Keith Sparks
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just about done escape it is an amazing story, you fall in love with the characters while you read your way through this book. Very well written by Barbie!
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Barbie was born in Germany in 1939. She moved to the UK in her early twenties as a student, married an Englishman, and has lived here ever since.

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