This book breaks the silence
about the horrors faced by people from the Eastern states of
Germany at the end of the Second World War. It is the true story
of a Swiss family trying to live an ordinary life in Hitler's
The story is told by Helga,
the daughter, who was born near the Lithuanian border. It tells
how, as a young girl, she met Hitler and how she supported her
mother when the SS repeatedly searched their home. As a medical
student she cared for some of the thousands of wounded soldiers
returning from the Russian battlefields in cattle trucks.
Alone, she joined the refugee
treks in the severe winter of 1944/45, fleeing over land and
frozen lakes, chased and shot at by the Russian army. With no
food, no shelter or warmth, Helga's courage helped her to survive
the nightmare of those terrible, cold winter months which brought
death to so many.
With the war ended, having
lost everything and living in total poverty, Helga travels the
long dangerous road south, on a broken bicycle, in search of
her family. Finally they are re-united and their dream of returning
to Switzerland is fulfilled.
Imprint: Virona Publishing; ISBN-10 0-9521933-0-2;
EAN 9780952193302 On Sale: 01/05/02; Format: Paperback;
Subformat: ; Length: ; Trimsize: 7 7/8 x 5; Pages: 448;