A Letter from Frank: An Unlikely Second World War Friendship Paperback – Sep 20 2011
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About the Author
Stephen J. Colombo is a research scientist with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and two books. A Letter from Frank is his first non-technical book. He currently lives in Toronto.
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Stephen's sympathy with his father is remarkable given how, as a father, he was not able to give his children the emotional support that is so much needed. I saw reflected in his story my own experiences with a father who was a war veteran and hero to many he returned to, but for some inexplicable reason was not able to connect, particularly to a son.
With Stephen's book in hand, I wept, I smiled, I explored. I shall pass on my copy of this book to another child of a war vet, this time from a ethnic german family. I think he will find it equally comforting.
Well done Stephen.
I lived through the same story Steve did and always wondered why my Dad became silent when asked about his life during those very trying times. Steve's writing brought back those memories of my Dad and the valor of those men. This book is another reminder as to why they are considered the greatest generation.
Even though he wasn't able to receive direct information from his father(the Canadian soldier), he was able to tell a very credible story of his father's involvement in the war.
Actually finding Frank (the German soldier), and being able to tell his version of the war years makes for interesting reading. I learned much about pre-war Germany and the surrounding countries and their people - including the prejudice that existed before the war and then was exacerbated by the war.
There are many historical facts in the book which at times, astound and at times, appall. It is a story of naivete and courage, of evil and generosity, of ignorance and arrogance, of the ugliness of war, but also how people can sometimes see beyond the hatred to reach out to each other in kindness.
The whole story of finding a lone letter written many years ago, and then tracing the origins of the letter is a fascinating one. It was obviously a work of love for the authour and he written a splendid book.
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I read this book in the weeks prior to Rememberance Day, and found that it increased my appreciation and respect for the war veterans that still march proudly in the parades, and... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2011 by nonymoose
An excellent read about two men from different backgrounds and how they managed to become friends in a very difficult environment. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2011 by Nodrog
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