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Letters from Berlin: A Story of War, Survival and
by Margarete Dos

ISBN: 9781742752945
PUBLISHER: Random House Australia
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 384
DIMENSIONS: 233mmX157mmX37mm 442grams

Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography. A vivid recreation of a largely untold side of world war II - the German side. Six years before Margarete died, the author asked her mother to tell her all her stories of life during and just after the Second World War. "If you don't tell, no one will ever know and all those stories, and all that suffering, will go to your grave." Drawing on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with her mother, Kerstin Lieff has recreated Margarete's story from her childhood and her child's eye view of the rise and fall of the Reich through the family's increasingly desperate circumstances as the war's end neared. In the final days, as the Russians moved toward Berlin, there were terrible rumors and fears. With the war's end, Margarete and her mother found themselves on a train, which they believed was headed for freedom, but, instead, after a long, gruelling journey, took them into the heart of Russia, and, finally to a Gulag, where they were to spend two horrible years before finally returning to a Berlin which was no longer home to them. When Kerstin Lieff was going through her German-American mother Margarete's effects, following her death, she came upon an extraordinary collection of letters, written by her mother during the final days of World War II when, as a 19-year-old, she was working as a nurse in the besieged city of Berlin. They were love letters, a

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