The Aftermath: A Survivor's Odyssey Through War-Torn Europe

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A survivor begins an epic search for his wife through post-war Europe. Here is a memoir of the twentieth century?s greatest cataclysm, with a profound and illuminating difference. Casting light on the little-examined period of chaos immediately after World War II, it tells how, with unflagging courage and perseverance, one man and his wife recover freedom and individual dignity. The Aftermath was the inspiration for the international award-winning documentary, Dark Lullabies.

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"Ra-tatata-ta. Ra-tatata-ta. The growl of machine guns. From time to time the distant roar of cannons. I am lying on the third tier of a bed of boards. I am cold. I have covered my head with a blanket. I think of food and then, with indifference, I realize that this is perhaps the last day of my slavery, or of my life." So begins Henry Lilienheim's remarkable story on the eve of his liberation from Dachau. Written in 1947, The Aftermath provides an indelible first-hand portrait of the post-war world, where all Germans miraculously claim never to have supported Hitler, where Munich is at the vortex of one of the greatest migrations in history, where former camp inmates become Displaced Persons. Through it all, Henry battles to maintain hope that his wife, Lydia, against all odds, remains alive. Written in spare and often lyrical prose, The Aftermath is, above all, a powerful and eloquent love story with lessons for us all. It is destined to become a classic. The Aftermath was the inspiration for the international aware-winning feature documentary, Dark Lullabies.

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Henry Lilienheim was born in Warsaw, Poland, and currently lives with his wife, Lydia, in a Chicago suburb. An essayist and poet, he speaks and writes in nine languages. He wrote The Aftermath in English, while living in Germany in 1947, because he and Lydia were determined to raise their children -- one daughter, one son -- in America, and he wanted them to be able to read it in their native tongue. Lilienheim is also a retired textile engineer and international patent attorney.

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