We Were Berliners

We Were Berliners : From Weimar to the Wall

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Helmut and Charlotte Jacobitz were born in Berlin during the mid-1920s. They experienced depression and inflation, and witnessed violence as fascists and communists vied for control of Germany. When the Nazis prevailed, they survived the 12 years of the Third Reich. Drafted in 1943, Helmut was wounded fighting in Normandy. Charlotte, meanwhile, worked at the Reichsbank and took shelter against frequent bombing raids. After the Russians surrounded Berlin in April 1945, she witnessed firsthand the brutal battle for the city. The two young Germans met each other after the war, Charlotte joining Helmut to smuggle food into Berlin through the Russian blockade. The family finally immigrated to America, barely escaping before the Berlin Wall sliced the city in half. We Were Berliners combines the personal reminiscences of the Jacobitzs with a lively, detailed overview of historical events as they related to the family, to Germany, and to Europe.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 166 x 236 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0752464612
  • 9780752464619
  • 1,719,906

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"Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Germany and emigration during the first half of the twentieth century." --"Yearbook of German-American Studies", University of Kansasshow more

About Douglas Niles

DOUGLAS NILES is a professional writer and award-winning designer of military and historical simulations. An author of more than 40 published novels - Darkwalker on Mononshae sold over 250,000 units - and has contributed scores of non-fiction articles to anthologies of historical and biographical topics. Niles has designed numerous military simulations with an emphasis on World War 2, and several game designs have won national prizes.show more

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