Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review: Melitta Strandberg's "Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates? My Family's Journey To Freedom"

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456717936
ISBN-13: 978-1456717933
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.3 inches Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The Author, Melitta Strandberg

Synopsis From The Back Cover:

There are a few fictional stories that can match the true story of the Mohr family and their long quest for freedom which began in Romania as World War II was getting underway. Their journey from Romania to Weimar Germany would begin a perilous four years in the lives of the parents and their children, especially Melitta. She vanished into a Nazi institution on the day of her birth and would not be seen again by her family for six months. The miraculous circumstances of the reunion with her family would alone make a compelling story. But the dangerous adventures did not end. Their experiences in Weimar, which was also home to the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp, were among the worst that could occur to any family. Later, the family would be confronted with another decision between the time Patton's Third Army liberated Buchenwald and Weimar and before the region would be turned over to the Soviet Union. Their efforts to catch the last train from Weimar to Augsburg, West Germany, are captivating.

Saph's Review:

This is a story told from the perspective the second to youngest child of the Mohr family.  She was born after her family moved from Romania to Germany when Hilter enticed people to come to Germany for work; that is why their family moved to Germany.  Most of her story is based on stories told to her by her parents and contains some historical data as well.  I never tire of reading about families subjected to what happened during Hilter and the Nazi regime in Europe.  I'm very much in favor of keeping this major historical event alive in the hopes that we never, ever have to endure anything like this again.

It was nice to read her words about the Jewish community being the majority involved but that others were also persecuted by the Nazis.  Many people get so caught up in the tragedy of astronomical proportions involving the Jews that they forget about the other nationalities, religions, and races involved too. 

The fact that the author could take the time to relay to us the personal memories spoken to her about the trials and tribulations her family faced during WWII is inspiring.  I enjoyed reading the various aspects of their movement from Romania to Weimar and then from Weimar to Augsburg, West Germany.  She also gives us a little insight into where her entire family ended up in the recent years; she came to America in 1963.

Some of the dialogue, however, was repetitive and seemed out of order in places.  It didn't bother me enough to put the book aside but it was something that I noticed.


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