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The story of a young southern man from a small town in Georgia who was drafted into the US Army in 1944. After being deployed to germany in 1945, Paul Crook arrived in this foreign land when the war was almost at an end. But not before he was involved in a fierce battle, and he became a hero. All of his unit was killed except him and Robert, his friend and comrade. They were transfered to a another unit where they were assigned to stand Post near a small town named Fahrenzhausen. Fahrenzhausen sat in the low lands of Barvaria, in the shadows of the Alps. Better known as the garden district near Munich. There he met Anna Reinoehl and they became good friends due to a little girl named Little Sonya. As time went by, Anna and Paul fell in love inspite of their cultural and language differences. The love between the two was felt by the whole town, and the soldiers in the unit as well. Paul took Anna to English lessons in a near by neighboring town named Ingolstalt. Just when the two were in love, and could not stand to be a part from each other, Paul had to leave Fahrenzhausen on a new misson in England. He was supposed to return to Fahrenzhausen to his regular duties, but instead recieved papers for him to return to the United States and to report to Fort Bragg, NC. He had no way to send word to Anna that he was leaving the country. He reluctantly got on a ship in England and headed back to the United States, vowing that he would return to Germany as soon as possible, to return to Anna and Fahrenzhausen. His love was there, and he had fell in love with the little town. He would return there after being discharged from the Army. His sudden release from the military, led to his trip home to Georgia where his mother had just purchased a 70 acre farm out of the allotment he had sent home to her out of his military pay. When he got to the farm, there was much work to do for it was basically a shack and needed many repairs and land that had to be cleared. This would take time and alot of money. This is the story of the aftermath of the love between Paul and Anna and the realization of their love 60 years later when letters written in German where found in a box where they had spent 60 years in a hatbox, crying out to be discovered. The love story became apparent to all of us in 2005, and none of us knew anything about the letters or the love between Anna and Paul. But the letters started crying out to us, saying- find out about me, I am harboring a secret. The journey the letters took our family on, by writing to the 60 year old return address on the original letters from 1946 became extreme emotional and shocking when we got an answer from someone in Germany,about the letters and when we realized who they were from- left us dumbfounded and stunned, but happy that the letters had existed or we would never had found our new relatives!
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This is Deborah King's first attempt at writing a book, but has found Somewhere in Germany brings great joy to people after they read it, for it is an amazing and shocking story. People tell her that they can not believe this is a true story, but then she tells them that its true- and that it is her life now. Deborah was born in Whitfield Co, Dalton, Georgia and remains there to day in a community called Rocky Face. She is married to David King, and has three boys that are all grown up. Deborah has plans to write a book based on Fiction in the spring of 2008, and then plans to write the sequel to Somewhere in Germany, in the fall of 2008, after she and her husband David go there to Fahrenzhausen for a visit. She plans to write Anna's Story in the seguel.Review:
By VIVIAN KING DIXON Editor-Chatsworth Times It's title is Somewhere in Germany, but it could just as easily be Somewhere in Murray County. The story takes place in Germany and the mountains that flank Chatsworth and Ellijay. Author and Dalton resident Deborah King tells the masterful, tear- jerking, and oh-so-true story of Paul Crook, a young Murray County man who was drafted into World War II near the end of the war. Although he sees very little battle, the battle he does find himself embroiled in leaves only him and one other soldier alive and he, with the exception of the 24 German soldiers he has captured, is the only one left standing. His valor earns him the Bronze Star and the relocation to a duty post near a small village. It is in this small German village that he meets a young girl who will ultimately be the author of love letters found more than half a century later in an old hat box in Georgia. King and her family discover these letters and begin the long journey of finding the author and her family. The journey leads not only to the author, but to a completely unknown branch of the family. King, who is as much as historian as an author, says she has been intrigued by genealogy since 1993, but had no idea she would ever stumble upon a story such as this for her first novel. She started by digging into her own family history. My great-grandfather's name was Corn and I wanted to know why his name was Corn, she said. I said I was going to figure this out and his name was actually Cornelius. King has changed some of the family names in the book because she says she believes the living family members deserve their privacy. In January, she plans to start her first fictional book. And then a sequel to Somewhere in Germany after she and her husband, David, travel to Germany in October. It's a fascinating story and I'm really feeling good about it because a lot of people are responding to it, King says of the 60- year-old secret that had been hidden away. It's a deep-seated story in my heart. I couldn t not tell it. King's fascinating tale has already generated a lot of local interest. In its first two weeks of release, it sold 180 copies by word of mouth. Dalton High Schools' German class purchased 35 copies for its students and she plans on speaking to that same class in January. I will tell the students more about 'Somewhere in Germany,' (how) the story evolved, and about the real characters in the story, King said. The students also have an added interest in the story. Their teacher, Ava Wyatt, was one of several who helped King with the translation of German dialogue in the book and the letters. Although this is King's first book, it is not her first venture into the writing arena. She wrote an article for the Pickens County History book and another in support of funding for the Praters Mill Foundation. Somewhere in Germany is currently on sale at the Book Nook in Dalton. There is also a book signing scheduled for Jan. 26 at the same location and at Loganberry's gift shop. When the letters were discovered in 2005, King says she had no thoughts of writing a book. I wanted to find out what they were about, she said. I left them on my computer shelf forever and it was like they were just talking to me. Vivian Dixon-Editor Chatsworth Times Chatsworth, Georgia --Vivian Dixon editor of the Chatsworth Times in Chatsworth Ga.
King, Deborah. G. Somewhere in Germany. Dalton, Ga: Kings Publications, 2007. 169 pages. Review by Dr. Elizabeth Hoole McArthur If you enjoy history, and if you appreciate an intriguing, personal story based on real events, you will love this book. Long after the death of her much-loved relative Paul, author Deborah G. King discovers several dusty old letters that he had saved for over half a century. Written to him by a young German woman named Anna, they reveal an ardent love that had developed between the two during the last months of World War II in Germany. It is a surprising revelation of wartime love of which Ms.King's family, for all those decades, had never known. With these intriguing fragments from the past, Ms. King begins a fascinating search to piece together the whole story of these two romantic young people. Somewhere in Germany is the record of her quest and of her discoveries. It is a unique adventure, and Ms. King adeptly includes the reader in the journey. The story is made even more insightful by Ms. King s description of the context in which these two young people lived. These were, after all, hard times. She describes Paul s heroic role as a soldier, and his conflicting emotions about the German people and the war. She describes the hardships of Anna s loving family through the devastation and brutality of the war in Germany. She describes Paul s poor but hardworking family back in America and their difficult struggle to make ends meet in their rural north Georgia home. She describes Paul s strong sense of responsibility as eldest living son to support his mother and younger siblings, and the anguish of choosing between his obligations and his dreams. Paul and Anna were amazingly different in culture, in language, and in national origin. But somehow their many similarities transcended their differences and the lives of these young people magically came together for a few blissful months in Germany. They both hoped it would last forever. But, sadly, it was not to be. As the war and its aftermath came to a close, thousands of soldiers were eventually sent back to America, and Paul was one of them. Over the next few years Anna wrote him several letters, pleading with him to send her a picture of himself, to remember she was waiting for him, to know she still loved him. Time and again Paul had wanted to return to Anna, but he could not. Despite their strong love, distance and time and circumstance were stronger. The best of intentions could not overcome the hard times and family obligations of the post-war years. Unable to reunite, the two young lovers grew apart as the years, then the decades, crept by and their individual lives moved on. Yet neither would forget their special love for each other during those cherished days in Germany. Never marrying and never telling his family of his tragic lost love, Paul finally died an old man in 2001. Not until Ms. King discovers the letters written by Anna to Paul after his return toAmerica, do the families on both sides of the ocean finally learn the whole truth. The final chapters reveal the conclusion of the story, as the two families correspond with each other and learn of the love of Paul and Anna many years ago. It is a journey of surprises and revelations for both. The ending is best saved for the reader to discover for himself, but suffice it to say it is a page turner. Anyone who envisions history as a vibrant, exciting story rather than as a static, lackluster record will find it fascinating. It is a moving and poignant story: history on an individual scale, the way it is really lived-by real people. Somewhere in Germany is a must read! --Dr. Elizabeth Hoole McArthur
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