Letters From Berlin by Kerstin Lieff
A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

A daughter turns her German mother’s harrowing memories of living through the liberation of Berlin into a moving insider’s account of the time...A truly surprising denouement caps a well-told postwar account.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When Margarete Dos moved with her family to Berlin on the eve of World War II, she and her younger brother were blindly ushered into a generation of Hitler Youth. Like countless citizens under Hitler’s regime, Margarete struggled to understand what was happening to her country. Later, as a nurse for the German Red Cross, she treated countless young soldiers—recruited in the eleventh hour to fight a losing battle—they would die before her eyes as Allied bombs racked her beloved city. Yet, her deep humanity, intelligence, and passion for life—which sparkles in every sentence of her memoir—carried Margarete through to war’s end. But just when she thought the worst was over, and she and her mother were on a train headed to Sweden, they were suddenly rerouted deep into Russia…

This powerful account draws back the curtain on a piece of history that has been largely overlooked—the nightmare that millions of German civilians suffered, simply because they were German. That Margarete survived to tell her tale so vividly and courageously is a gift to us all.

 

About Kerstin Lieff

See more books from this Author
Kerstin Lieff was born to Margarete Dos and Jurgen Moller in Stockholm, Sweden, in the winter of 1952, just after her parents fled their German homeland. Ten months later, the family immigrated to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she grew up speaking German and hearing stories about her parents' past. Her mother died in 2005 at the age of eighty-one, not long after reciting her life's story. Kerstin now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Lyons Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon9
Peak Rank on Apr 20 2014
icon1
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Letters From Berlin
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Aug 29 2012

A daughter turns her German mother’s harrowing memories of living through the liberation of Berlin into a moving insider’s account of the time...A truly surprising denouement caps a well-told postwar account.

Read Full Review of Letters From Berlin: A Story ... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 23 2012

This history of an average but cheerful and optimistic teenager and her resourceful mother spells out the horrors of war but balances them with hope.

Read Full Review of Letters From Berlin: A Story ... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Reader Rating for Letters From Berlin
95%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 42 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×