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Dorthea Maria Dietrich ("Dorchen" to her family) was just a child of eleven when Germany declared war on Poland in September 1939. She was an ordinary German schoolgirl from an average family thrust into the extraordinary circumstances of war. Her memoir vividly describes the price she, her family, and all the German people paid for Hitler's ambition. Relived through her m Dorthea Maria Dietrich ("Dorchen" to her family) was just a child of eleven when Germany declared war on Poland in September 1939. She was an ordinary German schoolgirl from an average family thrust into the extraordinary circumstances of war. Her memoir vividly describes the price she, her family, and all the German people paid for Hitler's ambition. Relived through her memories, it is truly a story of childhood innocence lost, but also of survival through grit and courage. She endured air raids, bomb shelters, military training, capture, imprisonment, rape and harrowing escape. The author has created a razor-sharp, clear-eyed and tense narrative about her life during this frightening time, as well as the story of her early struggles as a German war bride settling into a new life in America. This is Dorchen, and she is a remarkable woman.


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Dorthea Maria Dietrich ("Dorchen" to her family) was just a child of eleven when Germany declared war on Poland in September 1939. She was an ordinary German schoolgirl from an average family thrust into the extraordinary circumstances of war. Her memoir vividly describes the price she, her family, and all the German people paid for Hitler's ambition. Relived through her m Dorthea Maria Dietrich ("Dorchen" to her family) was just a child of eleven when Germany declared war on Poland in September 1939. She was an ordinary German schoolgirl from an average family thrust into the extraordinary circumstances of war. Her memoir vividly describes the price she, her family, and all the German people paid for Hitler's ambition. Relived through her memories, it is truly a story of childhood innocence lost, but also of survival through grit and courage. She endured air raids, bomb shelters, military training, capture, imprisonment, rape and harrowing escape. The author has created a razor-sharp, clear-eyed and tense narrative about her life during this frightening time, as well as the story of her early struggles as a German war bride settling into a new life in America. This is Dorchen, and she is a remarkable woman.

30 review for Dorchen: A Childhood Lost in War-Torn Germany

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dawson

    A worthy addition to any World War Two library. While it’s a short read, it gives the reader an excellent insight into post-war Germany and how families tried to cope with the Allied occupation. It wasn’t easy. Dorothy Deitrickh and her family didn’t ask for the war, their Führer gave it to them. It would be an empire that lasted one thousand years! No one would stand in their way. Well, I think the Russians, Brits, Canadians, French, Aussies, Americans and few other folks might have something A worthy addition to any World War Two library. While it’s a short read, it gives the reader an excellent insight into post-war Germany and how families tried to cope with the Allied occupation. It wasn’t easy. Dorothy Deitrickh and her family didn’t ask for the war, their Führer gave it to them. It would be an empire that lasted one thousand years! No one would stand in their way. Well, I think the Russians, Brits, Canadians, French, Aussies, Americans and few other folks might have something to add to that-DEFEAT! Dorothy and her family live in Furstenwalde. They believe they are safe from the horrors of the conflagration until bombs start raining down on Berlin. In late 1944 she decides to join the German Army and do what she can to stave off the Russians and Americans. Her father and mother are appalled, but what can they do? Nothing. She signed the papers and is in. When the final bell tolls and Germany surrenders, her suffering has only begun: confinement, imprisonment, hunger, desolation, loneliness, depression, rape and hope. I am always amazed when reading these stories how the survivors had nothing, absolutely nothing. They old way of life lay under tons of rubble or burnt out carcasses. Family members had died at the front, in bombing raids or scattered from the approaching conquerors. Many never to be found or reunited. Can you even fathom what this would be like? I won’t give away anymore of this memoir other than to add, it will be time well spent Four Stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    ...and to think! We were almost neighbors. WW2 was difficult for everyone involved. Although Maria's struggles weren't as harsh as her Jewish neighbors may have been, she surely suffered; at the hands of her German leader, at the hands of the Russian invaders, at the policies that separated her from her loved ones. I wish the story continued and gave us more insight into what happened to Maria's family after the 50's until the 90''s. I am so thankful for the multitude of survivors and their child ...and to think! We were almost neighbors. WW2 was difficult for everyone involved. Although Maria's struggles weren't as harsh as her Jewish neighbors may have been, she surely suffered; at the hands of her German leader, at the hands of the Russian invaders, at the policies that separated her from her loved ones. I wish the story continued and gave us more insight into what happened to Maria's family after the 50's until the 90''s. I am so thankful for the multitude of survivors and their children that insisted on telling the story. Thank you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Born in Germany I thought this was a great, well rounded, true story of a young girl’s survival during WWII. She struggled in so many ways. I enjoyed reading it and learned quite a bit about life in Germany during and after the war.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Nice to hear a story from a german But did she ever find her son or family? Did she find out if she murdered her rapist?inquiry minds want to know

  5. 4 out of 5

    Van

    Could. not put it down Could not put it down. Non-fiction that reads like a novel. Especially RECOMMEND for those interested in WW2 era and beyond.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Groulx-monteith

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