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Drawing on her real-life experience, German-born Canadian Ruth Rathgeber has fashioned a riveting saga of fear, love and betrayal under the Nazi regime during World War II. Karin von Holbig is a young German working as a reporter in occupied Poland as the Third Reich crumbles. Narrowly escaping the Russian army as it pushes west toward Berlin, she embarks on a grueling and life-threatening journey from Poland to Germany and eventually to Canada, in search of a life without war. Ultimately, Karin finds the peace she seeks: an adoring husband and a new life away from her war-torn memories of Europe. Readers will be captivated by this rare first-hand glimpse into the personal lives of ordinary Germans struggling to survive World War II and its aftermath.
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Ruth Rathgeber was born in Kassel, Germany. After the untimely death of both her parents, she attended the Count Zinzendorf International School for Girls, an elite boarding school in Kleinwelka. When Hitler closed the school in 1937 she moved to Chemnitz and lived with her beloved guardians, Margarete von Halbig and her husband Arthur, a wealthy industrialist. Following high school, she studied textile design at the Textile Engineering Academy in Chemnitz and graduated in 1941. During World War II, the government assigned Rathgeber to work as a journalist in Poznan, Poland. In the deadly winter of 1945 with the Germans facing defeat, she barely escaped death at the hands of the Russians as they advanced across Poland. Fleeing to Berlin she found work translating Allied army reports for the German News Bureau and then eluded the Russians once more, escaping to Bavaria where she stayed until the war ended. After the War she worked as a translator for the International Relief Organization in Wurzburg, Germany where she met and married her husband, a Polish marine engineer imprisoned in Germany for his part in the Warsaw uprising. In 1950, upon receiving her de-Nazification and immigration papers, Rathgeber followed her husband to Canada. The couple settled in Montreal and raised a family while she pursued her artistic passions as a painter and writer, producing dozens of paintings and six novels. Encouraged by her daughter-in-law, Rathgeber published her autobiographical novel Journey to Peace to set the record straight about what life was really like for ordinary Germans struggling to survive the Nazi regime and its aftermath. At book readings, she draws on her deep-rooted memories of those times to answer listeners questions and talk about such haunting experiences as being hauled before the Gestapo for speaking English while socializing with friends at a cafe. Rathgeber currently resides in Brighton, Ontario.
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Book Description The Ganneth Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2009. Soft Cover. Condition: VG-. First Edition Paperback. 272pp., appears to be signed by the author on the title page. Curl/creasing at corners, soil marks to the first couple of pages, creasing to the outer edges and soil to outer edges otherwise pages are unmarked and firm in binding. Wraps have edge/rub wear and creasing. Actual book for sale pictured. A novel based on Rathgeber's real life experiences of Germany as the Nazis faced defeat in World War II. 15.4 x 22.9 x 1.8cm, wt550g. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 015466