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German Boy: A Child in War

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“I think German Boy has all the qualities of greatness. I love the book.” — from the Foreword by Stephen Ambrose

As the Third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans scrambled to flee the advancing Russian troops. Among them was a little boy named Wolfgang Samuel, who left his home with his mother and sister and ended up in war-torn Strasbourg before being forced farther west into a disease-ridden refugee camp. German Boy is the vivid, true story of their fight for survival as the tables of power turned and, for reasons Wolfgang was too young to understand, his broken family suffered arbitrary arrest, rape, hunger, and constant fear.

Because his father was off fighting the war as a Luftwaffe officer, young Wolfgang was forced to become the head of his household, scavenging for provisions and scraps with which to feed his family. Despite his best efforts, his mother still found herself forced to do the unthinkable to survive, and her sacrifices became Wolfgangs worst nightmares. Somehow, with the resilience only children can muster, he maintained his youth and innocence in little ways-making friends with other young refugees, playing games with shrapnel, delighting in the planes flown by the Americans and the candies the GIs brought. In the end, the Samuels begin life anew in America, and Wolfgang eventually goes on to a thirty-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

Bringing fresh insight to the dark history of Nazi Germany and the horror left in its wake, German Boy records the valuable recollections of an innocents incredible journey.

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Wolfgang W. E. Samuel was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC at the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the National War College. He served in the U.S. Air Force for thirty years until his retirement in 1985 as a colonel. His writing has been published in several military journals, including Parameters, the U.S. Army War College quarterly. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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nickdean, October 4, 2007 (view all comments by nickdean)
I thought the book was very good. Well written
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767908245
Subtitle:
A Child in War
Foreword:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Author:
Samuel, Wolfgang W. E.
Author:
Samuel, Wolfgang
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
wwii;germany;memoir;biography;history;war;non-fiction;holocaust;autobiography;refugees
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
00-07
Publication Date:
20011016
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 HALFTONES
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.38x5.58x1.00 in. .77 lbs.

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