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Hidden Beneath the Thorns: Growing Up Under Nazi Rule [Paperback]

M. Quinn Gabriele M. Quinn
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Nov. 16 2009
In the compelling memoir Hidden Beneath the Thorns, Ingeborg Tismer shares her fascinating journey of what it was like to be an ordinary German citizen during the Nazi regime.

As told to her daughter, Gabriele Quinn, Ingeborg provides a glimpse into the world of a young woman who grew up on her grandparents' farm with a pacifist mother and rigidly strict father, who in order to put bread on the table, was coerced into joining Hitler's private army, the SA. Interposed with historical chronicles, Ingeborg relays how at the age of ten, she joined the branch of Hitler youth for girls, thrilled to march to the beat of Nazi drums. But Ingeborg's grandparents resisted the Nazis whenever possible and hid Jewish families in a simple hillside dugout aided by Russian laborers placed on their farm. At the end of the war, Ingeborg and the remainder of her family were forced to live within dusty piles of broken bricks, sickly smells, and hungry survivors in the remnants of post-war Berlin.

Ingeborg's story chronicles how Adolf Hitler was able to seize and mold an entire people into a machine of madness and how the sanity of the outside world finally brought it all to an end.

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Gabriele M. Quinn has published a journalistic piece about Sigmund Sobolewski, an Auschwitz survivor and also produces a weekly newsletter for her employer. She lives with her husband, Mike, a retired RCMP Officer, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her mother, Ingeborg, lives in Dominion City, Manitoba.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Oct. 7 2012
This book is an incredibly well written story. Memories are intertwined with verifiable historic facts. This is such a great book, I'd recommend to anyone wishing to understand; world war II, how much do children understand about the world around them, what really happened, how on earth an entire nation can go so wrong in such a short time, and so many other things. Truly amazing book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent is all I can say Dec 7 2013
By John Sturgeon - Published on Amazon.com
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My mother was 2 years older than Inge. My mother's name was Ingeborg Sophia Goller. Born in Munich. My mother immigrated to Wyoming in 1951. I can relate to this story so much. Thank you
4.0 out of 5 stars Tag der Machtubernahme, Hawthorn Bushes, and the Witches' Fountain May 27 2014
By M. Best - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written book with a very good, ample preliminary description of life on a relatively large farm in Landsberg, Germany prior to the War. Also, the war years are allocated with articulate, precise recollections. I also was pleased to get the well-written, (though a bit tedious), section on the author's, (her Grandmother really), life after the war in the GDR, and afterward. Most all of the story is fast-paced, and I was absorbed with the excitement, and fresh perspective from this region of the German landscape.

I have read a few of these types of memoirs, and must admit that if I were to read this one a second time; I would skip most of the chapter concerning the holocaust. This particular description of that horrible event gets a great deal of attention here with extreme efforts put forth to acquaint the reader with the tragedies. I have read about all I want to concerning those terrors, though if one is not thoroughly inundated with the background, this terrible event, then here you get the story. It is kinda like when Richard Widmark displays the holocaust film in the movie "Trial at Nuremburg" which causes the pace of the movie to come to a crawl. In graduate school I read a book titled, "Eyewitness to Auschwitz" that did the best job of describing the Holocaust, and I would recommend that it one wanted an in-depth accounting of such a place.

Anyway, this book really kept my interest, and touched on subjects I had not previously encountered, (like the annual celebration of the day Hitler came to power)
4.0 out of 5 stars A different look May 16 2014
By Jan Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
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I read many Holocaust stories, but rarely from a German perspective, so this was enlightening, and I'm glad I read it. It helps make the most terrible time in my life a little more understandable. .
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4.0 out of 5 stars good reading Sept. 4 2012
By hexe - Published on Amazon.com
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very informative, interesting, did not want to stop reading. I was spell bound. Good reminder of history in the making
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