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The Death Of East Prussia by Peter B. Clark

Title The Death of East Prussia
Author Peter B. Clark
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date 2013-01-17
Category History
Total Pages 562
ISBN 1481935755
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This book focuses on what happened in East Prussia in World War II and afterward"--Introd.

Forgotten Land by Max Egremont

Title Forgotten Land
Author Max Egremont
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2011-11-08
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781429969338
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Until the end of World War II, East Prussia was the German empire's farthest eastern redoubt, a thriving and beautiful land on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Now it lives only in history and in myth. Since 1945, the territory has been divided between Poland and Russia, stretching from the border between Russia and Lithuania in the east and south, and through Poland in the west. In Forgotten Land, Max Egremont offers a vivid account of this region and its people through the stories of individuals who were intimately involved in and transformed by its tumultuous history, as well as accounts of his own travels and interviews he conducted along the way. Forgotten Land is a story of historical identity and character, told through intimate portraits of people and places. It is a unique examination of the layers of history, of the changing perceptions and myths of homeland, of virtue and of wickedness, and of how a place can still overwhelm those who left it years before.

Prussian Apocalypse by Egbert Kieser

Title Prussian Apocalypse
Author Egbert Kieser
Publisher Pen and Sword
Release Date 2012-07-19
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781783461202
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Egbert Kiesers graphic account of the Red Armys assault on East Prussia in 1945 is one of the classic histories of the destruction of Hitlers Germany, and it has never before been available in English. Using extensive, firsthand, unforgettable eyewitness testimony, he documents in riveting detail the catastrophe that overtook German civilians and soldiers as they fled from the Soviet onslaught and their world collapsed around them.Tony Le Tissier, in this fluent and vivid translation of the original German text, brings to bear all his expert knowledge of the military defeat of the German armies in the East and the enormity of the human disaster that went with it. Egbert Kieser was born in 1928 in Bad Salzungen, Thringen and studied philosophy and the history of art at Heidelberg University. He worked as a freelance journalist, writer and editor. Among his many publications are two outstanding studies of German Second World War history Danziger Bucht 1945 (which is translated here as Prussian Apocalypse) and Operation Sea Lion: The German Plan to Invade Britain, 1940.

Title Nightmares of an East Prussian Childhood
Author Ilse Stritzke
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2013-04-04
Category History
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781476601731
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The mother of 11 year old Ilse Glaus turned down the last plane out of East Prussia ahead of the advancing Russians in order to stay back with her aged parents. That decision cost her family dearly in wartorn Europe, 1945. Ilse grew up on a small farm, with a wonderful family, the woods as a playground and the beaches of the Baltic. Then turmoil followed the German defeat by the Russians and the subsequent occupation. In 31 months under the Russians, Ilse’s family is driven from their home, she mourns her missing father, witnesses her mother’s rape, sees her grandparents and baby brother succumb to the brutal conditions, and hears of her oldest sister’s capture and death in a work prison. Fighting starvation, Ilse crafts ways to coexist with the Russians, scavenging, begging and stealing to help the family survive.

Ruined By The Reich by Christel Weiss Brandenburg

Title Ruined by the Reich
Author Christel Weiss Brandenburg
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2015-08-31
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781476606866
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Decades have passed since World War II, yet the myth that all Germans were Nazi sympathizers still persists. This book follows the story of the Weiss family in East Prussia from World War I to the end of World War II. It is told from the point of view not of the victors but of the vanquished. Beginning with the good citizenship trap Hitler set for law-abiding German families, the book describes how Germany first prospered and then fell to ruin with the Third Reich. The people traded their freedoms for a national security, which quickly turned to tyranny with swift consequences for “disobedience.” Like Christel’s brothers (soldiers and members of Hitler’s Youth), propaganda-fed children all over the Reich believed the highly idealized depiction of their roles and of their nation’s victims. This fascinating and richly detailed memoir is told through the intimate narration of a woman who grew up in the midst of turmoil, experienced poverty and prejudice, witnessed the deaths of many loved ones, and was driven from her home by the Soviet Army. The combination of domestic details and vivid historical descriptions creates an unusual book as absorbing as it is educational.

East Prussians From Russia by Michael J. Anuta

Title East Prussians from Russia
Author Michael J. Anuta
Publisher Genealogical Publishing Com
Release Date 1979
Category Reference
Total Pages 243
ISBN 9780806314372
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the account of some 240 Prussian families who first migrated to the Ukraine and then re-settled in Marinette and Oconto counties, Wisconsin . The author furnishes the family member's year of birth, date entered the U.S., country of origin, port of entry, and date of death, as well as the name of his spouse, and her dates of birth and death. Also very useful are a number of plat maps showing the distribution of land in the aforementioned counties among East Prussian settlers around the turn of this century.

Battleground Prussia by Prit Buttar

Title Battleground Prussia
Author Prit Buttar
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2012-02-20
Category History
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9781780964645
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The terrible months between the arrival of the Red Army on German soil and the final collapse of Hitler's regime were like no other in the Second World War. The Soviet Army's intent to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their people produced a conflict of implacable brutality in which millions perished. From the great battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the final surrender in the Vistula estuary, this book recounts in chilling detail the desperate struggle of soldiers and civilians alike. These brutal campaigns are brought vividly to life by a combination of previously untold testimony and astute strategic analysis recognising a conflict of unprecedented horror and suffering.

Death In The Baltic by Cathryn J. Prince

Title Death in the Baltic
Author Cathryn J. Prince
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2013-04-09
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781137333568
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II, when more than 9,000 German civilians drowned. It went unreported. January 1945: The outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich is in free fall as the Russians close in from the east. Berlin plans an eleventh-hour exodus for the German civilians trapped in the Red Army's way. More than 10,000 women, children, sick, and elderly pack aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a former cruise ship. Soon after the ship leaves port and the passengers sigh in relief, three Soviet torpedoes strike it, inflicting catastrophic damage and throwing passengers into the frozen waters of the Baltic. More than 9,400 perished in the night—six times the number lost on the Titanic. Yet as the Cold War started no one wanted to acknowledge the sinking. Drawing on interviews with survivors, as well as the letters and diaries of those who perished, award-wining author Cathryn Prince reconstructs this forgotten moment in history. She weaves these personal narratives into a broader story, finally giving this WWII tragedy its rightful remembrance.

Title Death of a Nation A New History of Germany
Author Stephen R A'Barrow
Publisher Book Guild Publishing
Release Date 2016-01-25
Category History
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781910508817
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Death of a Nation is an engrossing, meticulously researched history of Germany from 105 BC to the present day, vividly illustrating the rich and complex past of a nation that is so often defined by the events of World War Two. The author, Stephen R A Barrow, spent twenty years researching, travelling and writing to compile this account of the country's varied and fascinating history. As a result, he proves that Germany's past has so much more of interest than simply the twelve years of domination by Hitler and National Socialism. The book opens with the battles of the Roman Empire in the first century BC; the role of the Holy Roman Empire in the Crusades; German settlement across Central and Eastern Europe and the Thirty Years War. The author goes on to address the militarist stereotype of Prussia; Prussia and Germany's rise to shatter the European balance of power; the causes and consequences of the wars initiated by Germany and how they shaped the modern world. One of the most important themes is the frequently overlooked question of the treatment of German civilians during the last days of World War Two and the immediate aftermath. Illuminating and authoritative, Death of a Nation seeks to provide an accurate understanding of German and European history, and how it affects the world we live in today.

All For Nothing by Walter Kempowski

Title All for Nothing
Author Walter Kempowski
Publisher New York Review of Books
Release Date 2018-02-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781681372068
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A wealthy family tries--and fails--to seal themselves off from the chaos of post-World War II life surrounding them in this stunning novel by one of Germany's most important post-war writers. In East Prussia, January 1945, the German forces are in retreat and the Red Army is approaching. The von Globig family's manor house, the Georgenhof, is falling into disrepair. Auntie runs the estate as best she can since Eberhard von Globig, a special officer in the German army, went to war, leaving behind his beautiful but vague wife, Katharina, and her bookish twelve-year-old son, Peter. As the road fills with Germans fleeing the occupied territories, the Georgenhof begins to receive strange visitors--a Nazi violinist, a dissident painter, a Baltic baron, even a Jewish refugee. Yet in the main, life continues as banal, wondrous, and complicit as ever for the family, until their caution, their hedged bets, and their denial are answered by the wholly expected events they haven't allowed themselves to imagine. All for Nothing, published in 2006, was the last novel by Walter Kempowski, one of postwar Germany's most acclaimed and popular writers.

Weeds Like Us by Gunter Nitsch

Title Weeds Like Us
Author Gunter Nitsch
Publisher AuthorHouse
Release Date 2008-11-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 465
ISBN 9781438933122
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book is a new translation of Paul's Treatise to the Ephesians into Professional, Contemporary, American English, written for professionals who finally want a no-nonsense answer to the meaning of the significance of their life. It penetrates the ossified "code language" of the Ecclesiastical, Medieval, British/Latin English that has obscured Paul's essential message for four centuries. The book makes the case that Jesus, our heavenly Commander in Chief, has specially selected each of us to an apprenticeship to discover and accomplish a unique, carefully crafted lifework. His goal is to help us successfully achieve it, and in doing so earn the distinguished qualifications required for leadership in the honorable government of the future world He will found upon His return.

Title Nightmares of an East Prussian Childhood
Author Ilse Stritzke
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2013-03-29
Category History
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9780786473540
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"In 31 months under the Russians, Ilse Glaus's family is driven from their home, she mourns her missing father, witnesses her mother's rape, sees her grandparents and baby brother succumb to the brutal conditions, and hears of her oldest sister's captureand death. Ilse crafts ways to coexist, scavenging, begging and stealing to help the family survive"--Provided by publisher.

Inge S War by Svenja O'Donnell

Title Inge s War
Author Svenja O'Donnell
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2020-04-28
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781984880222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"An extraordinary saga." —David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon The mesmerizing account of a granddaughter's search for a World War II family history hidden for sixty years Growing up in Paris as the daughter of a German mother and an Irish father, Svenja O'Donnell knew little of her family's German past. All she knew was that her great-grandparents, grandmother, and mother had fled their home city of Königsberg near the end of World War II, never to return. But everything changed when O'Donnell traveled to the city—now known as Kaliningrad, and a part of Russia—and called her grandmother, who uncharacteristically burst into tears. "I have so much to tell you," Inge said. In this transporting and illuminating book, the award-winning journalist vividly reconstructs the story of Inge's life from the rise of the Nazis through the brutal postwar years, from falling in love with a man who was sent to the Eastern Front just after she became pregnant with his child, to spearheading her family's flight as the Red Army closed in, her young daughter in tow. Ultimately, O'Donnell uncovers the act of violence that separated Inge from the man she loved; a terrible secret hidden for more than six decades. A captivating World War II saga, Inge's War is also a powerful reckoning with the meaning of German identity and inherited trauma. In retracing her grandmother's footsteps, O'Donnell not only discovers the remarkable story of a woman caught in the gears of history, but also comes face-to-face with her family's legacy of neutrality and inaction—and offers a rare glimpse into a reality too long buried by silence and shame.

Savage Continent by Keith Lowe

Title Savage Continent
Author Keith Lowe
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2012-07-03
Category History
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9781250015044
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years... The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the twentieth century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war. The institutions that we now take for granted - such as the police, the media, transport, local and national government - were either entirely absent or hopelessly compromised. Crime rates were soaring, economies collapsing, and the European population was hovering on the brink of starvation. In Savage Continent, Keith Lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. Individuals, communities and sometimes whole nations sought vengeance for the wrongs that had been done to them during the war. Germans and collaborators everywhere were rounded up, tormented and summarily executed. Concentration camps were reopened and filled with new victims who were tortured and starved. Violent anti-Semitism was reborn, sparking murders and new pogroms across Europe. Massacres were an integral part of the chaos and in some places – particularly Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland, as well as parts of Italy and France – they led to brutal civil wars. In some of the greatest acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands, often with the implicit blessing of the Allied authorities. Savage Continent is the story of post WWII Europe, in all its ugly detail, from the end of the war right up until the establishment of an uneasy stability across Europe towards the end of the 1940s. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, Savage Continent is a frightening and thrilling chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post WWII Europe for years to come.

Under A Leafless Tree by Helga Meyer; Lark Evans Galli

Title Under a Leafless Tree
Author Helga Meyer; Lark Evans Galli
Publisher iUniverse
Release Date 2013-06-10
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 234
ISBN 9781475982794
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Nobody was there. Nobody had time.... We know how it is when the bombs are falling, and something is burning, and somebody dies.” Excerpt from Under a Leafless Tree I felt like I was eavesdropping on an exciting and intimate conversation and I didn’t want to stop listening! Werner Bell You will feel like you are living Helga’s adventures. You will enter her thoughts and gain insights into your own challenges. AJM A wonderfully crafted and engaging narrative! Helga Meyer captivated us with her story. A remarkable life, punctuated with marvelous photographs. Jill Mulvay Derr Former President of the Mormon History Association Professor of History This book is an incredible find. What’s most extraordinary is that she does not dwell on the negative or morose elements of her story. An easy and engrossing read. James Marsh Her story leaves you thinking that maybe goodness and resilience aren’t quite as rare as we thought, and perhaps we’re all a little stronger than we know. Anne Woolstenhulme

East Prussia by Robert Machray

Title East Prussia
Author Robert Machray
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1943
Category Germany
Total Pages 112
ISBN UCAL:$B289279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Title Salt to the Sea
Author Ruta Sepetys
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2016-02-02
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9780698172623
Language English, Spanish, and French
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New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! "Masterfully crafted"—The Wall Street Journal For readers of Between Shades of Gray and All the Light We Cannot See, Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies. World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson's Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours. Praise for Salt to the Sea: Featured on NPR's Morning Edition ♦ "Superlative...masterfully crafted...[a] powerful work of historical fiction."—The Wall Street Journal ♦ "[Sepetys is] a master of YA fiction…she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate."—Entertainment Weekly ♦ "Riveting...powerful...haunting."—The Washington Post ♦ "Compelling for both adult and teenage readers."—New York Times Book Review ♦ "Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant."—Shelf Awareness ♦ "Historical fiction at its very, very best."—The Globe and Mail ♦ "[H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeous...one of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time."—Salt Lake Tribune ♦ *"This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered."—Booklist ♦ *"Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."—School Library Journal ♦ A PW and SLJ 2016 Book of the Year Praise for Between Shades of Gray: A New York Times Notable Book ♦ A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book ♦ A PW, SLJ, Booklist, and Kirkus Best Book ♦ iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel ♦ A Carnegie Medal and William C. Morris Finalist ♦ A New York Times and International Bestseller ♦ "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."—The Washington Post ♦ *"[A]n important book that deserves the widest possible readership."—Booklist

Panzers On The Vistula by Hans Schäufler

Title Panzers on the Vistula
Author Hans Schäufler
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Release Date 2018-10-30
Category History
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781526734327
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This WWII memoir of a Nazi officer is one of the most revealing firsthand accounts of the German retreat on the Eastern Front. A second lieutenant of the 4th Panzer division, Hans Schäufler commanded a Jagdpanther tank destroyer in rearguard actions against the Red Army in East Prussia in 1945. Then, as an infantryman, he took part in the doomed defense of Danzig before escaping across the Baltic in a small boat. His personal story offers a rare glimpse into the chaos and suffering endured by tens thousands of soldiers and civilians during the collapse of the Third Reich in the east. Along with vivid descriptions of the appalling conditions in Danzig and the fear and panic that gripped the city, Schäufler’s account provides valuable insight into the German army’s tactics as they fell back before the Soviet advance. While acute shortages of men, equipment, ammunition and fuel crippled the defense, the soldiers went on fighting for a lost cause in the face of certain defeat.“/DIV>

Title Death and Devastation on the Curzon Line
Author Walter Dushnyck
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1948
Category Curzon Line
Total Pages 32
ISBN UIUC:30112124396083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title A History of Prussia
Author H.W. Koch
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2014-10-13
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781317873075
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In little more than two centuries Prussia rose from medieval obscurity and the devastation of the Thirty Years War to become the dominant power of continental Europe. Her rulers rose from Electors to Kings, and from Kings to Emperors. It is a dramatic story, and H. W. Koch fills a major gap in English-language literature with this comprehensive account. It traces the origins and rise of the Prussian state from the thirteenth century to the causes and consequences of its incorporation into the German Empire.