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Fawlty Towers: Volume 1
Fawlty Towers: Volume 1
DVD ~ John Cleese
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Needed Laugh, March 11 2003
This review is from: Fawlty Towers: Volume 1 (DVD)
Faulty Towers brings laughter and a great deal of relief from a barrage of news which offers nothing but gloom and doom. John Cleese and the entire company can cheer anybody with their farce and comedy. Highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to get a good laugh.

Birth of a Tumbleweed: Memoirs of Growing Up in Post-Nazi Germany
Birth of a Tumbleweed: Memoirs of Growing Up in Post-Nazi Germany
by Inge Perreault
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Whenever War Is On The Horizon, March 11 2003
While reading this book, I felt very much a part of the places and events being described. I came away with a better understanding of the German people, their customs, and the hardships they endured in WW2 and during the occupation that followed. It made a strong impression, and shed light, on the permanent devastating effect war has on the noncombatant population. Reading this book was a vicarious experience as I shared the hopes and fears of a little girl caught up in a war that was not of her making. The peace that followed did not end her struggle to survive, but added additional burdens - one being that of Guilt. The entire nation, including the children, felt guilt and shame for the atrocities committed by Hitler and his henchmen. The portion devoted to East Germany living under Communism was very enlightning. Learning what life was like in a Communist society explains why many tried to flee from it. The Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall has much more meaning for me now.
My thanks and appreciation to the author for adding so much to my understanding of another culture and of the long term effects of War. The latter will greatly influence my thinking concerning the present day problem of Iraq and how to deal with it.
This story makes the point that all human beings have a great deal in common, and that all share the same hopes and fears. It was delightful, and came as a great surprise, when learned how a little girls' courage and determination enabled her to achieve a seemingly impossible goal.

A German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler's Legacy
A German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler's Legacy
by Erika V. Shearin Karres
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know Your Enemy - Hitler's Legacy, March 13 2002
Having served in the occupation forces in Germany at the end of WW2. it is only now, after having read "German Girl", that I realize how unaware I was of the true extent of the German peoples struggle to survive. German pride and discipline enabled the general population to mask the true picture of how difficult life really was for them. So, it is not surprising that while I lived amongst them, I never was fully aware of their plight. The author Erika Karres paints a very realistic picture of what life was like during the last phases of the war and on into the post war occupation period. She honestly and courageously bares her heart and soul, and in vivid detail describes what she saw and felt. I admired her strength of character, endurance and questioning nature as she faced the hopeless and devastated world in which she found herself. A good example of a German that didn't approve of the depravity and wickedness of the Nazi regime, and risked questioning and speaking out against it.
I highly recommend this exciting and well written book. It tends to remind one that there are decent human beings in this world, and their courage and endurance under seemingly impossible conditions is a source of strength and hope.
Harold Hendler

I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen
I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen
by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Always Wanted to Fly, Sept. 8 2001
Another outstanding book by Wolfgang Samuel as he presents another facet of history in way it always needed to be told. We tend to look at history from the perspective of those who shape history - the politicians and statesmen, but here we see it from the perspective of those who make history - the military, as they go about doing their job. So eloquently written that the reader can't help but feel like being along on the mission as part of the crew - exciting, frightening and an unforgetable experience. The author has made it possible for the general public to get a taste of the airmen's world and to look behind the scenes of the many battles and wars fought since the end of World War 11. It makes one proud and appreciative of our Cold War Airmen, and thankful to them for a job well done. Highly recommend this book, as it's an eye opener for anyone who wants to know what has been going on during the last fifty five years.

German Boy: A Refugee S Story
German Boy: A Refugee S Story
by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars German Boy: A Refugee's Story, Oct. 18 2000
Review: German Boy is a beautifully written and moving story about life in Germany during the period 1945-1949. From the very beginning, I felt like I waa part of the ten year old German boy's world. His photographic memory retained the details of events and conversations which he relates in a pleasing and exciting manner. There is a universal message to be learned from the way the author saw the war, dictatorship and the goodness and badness in people. We are reminded that all human beings have the same hopes and fears. The reader will be surprised to discover how the author was influenced in 1948 by the United States humanitarian effort, - "The Berlin Airlift". I highly recommend this book, and predict that it will one of the top ten this year. A must Read Book

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