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Hidden Beneath the Thorns: Growing Up Under Nazi Rule Paperback – Nov 16 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Nov. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440178704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440178702
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #779,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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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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HASH(0xa0dc80b4) out of 5 stars Excellent is all I can say Dec 7 2013
By John Sturgeon - Published on
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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
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HASH(0xa0cb07ec) out of 5 stars Tag der Machtubernahme, Hawthorn Bushes, and the Witches' Fountain May 27 2014
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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)
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HASH(0xa0afb054) out of 5 stars Very informative Nov. 1 2014
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A very good book that every young adult should be required to read. There is much to learn, be way of and how dangerous any political party can become, based on one party's charismatic member can be.

This book offers the insight of an innocent child and wary parents. How a political party can become evil. The insight also reflects on a family's fight for survival in a world where politics preside, racism and family disaster prevails and the ultimate freedoms to create a new family and beginning. Well done.

Keep in mind, World War 2 ended ONLY 69 years ago. One generation! So, it COULD HAPPEN again!!
HASH(0xa0cb8fe4) out of 5 stars History Written by the Witnesses Dec 9 2014
By Irene W. - Published on
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Memoirs can be more interesting than fiction. Certainly, this gripping account of a girl growing up in Nazi Germany is fascinating. Her daughter asked her mother about her story many years after the war when she found information about her mother's family helping to save Jews. The story that unfolds is full of details of the lives of ordinary people who had to live through extraordinary times. The ten-year-old German girl, Ingeborg, would often retreat to a favorite place on the farm where she and her extended family lived, in an area which is now Poland. It was beneath a hawthorn bush, thick with violets in the spring, and with long sharp thorns, dangerous, yet protective. The secrets of the adults were whispered about, but the girl with 'the big ears' was not to know them, because of the many dangers to the family. There were enough to often 'send her to bed', out of the way. The hawthorns referred to can be seen as symbolic of the suffering and redemption she found, after expulsion from the family farm, occupation under the Russians, and surviving in bombed-out Berlin. The book is so well written, with enough historical background to inform the reader who does not know that time, that you can't put it down. Because you want to find out what happens to the girl who from age 10 to 15 was forced to live in a world she did not create, which promised so much, but delivered only mistrust, betrayal, death and destruction. The story of the survival shows people under enormous pressures. Twists of fate involving strangers, friends and relatives make this book so suspenseful, but also shows how often character can be a factor in survival. I can't give away the 'best parts', but I highly recommend this book. (My mother who survived the war cried reading HIDDEN BENEATH THE THORNS. Lives were lost, and so was youth.)
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HASH(0xa0bda5f4) out of 5 stars A different look May 16 2014
By Jan Lynch - Published on
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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. .