The Schulz family, all members of the Mormon church, is trying to survive in Germany, during and after WWII. When Hitler invades Poland and the war officially begins, the family is quickly feeling its strain, as they have less and less food to eat. Anna Schulz often stands in line for hours, only to find the market shelves empty. This becomes the least of her worries though, when, one by one, the men of the Schulz family head off to defend their country. The story follows Dieter, the middle son, just 10 years old when the war begins, as he learns to cope with the war around him. Read about his stubborn streak and spontaneity, and how it gets him into trouble, how he defies Hitler's law by giving aid to a Jew and subsequently finds himself in the biggest trouble of his life, and what happens when he has to decide between loyalty and love. Will Dieter ever be able to forgive himself for all of the things he has had to do to survive the war, or will he have to live with his guilt forever?
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"[This is a story of] youth in crisis during a time of war and the subsequent journey they take to find themselves, their faith, and their destiny." --~Gerald R. Molen, producer of Schindler's List
"Set in WWII Germany, this gripping novel reveals the stealthy but unethical strategy by which two teenagers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with their Jewish and German friends and families, survive privation and Nazi terror. The story continues fascinating as they adjust to American occupation and sustain their friendships through maturity and into adulthood and finally resolve their long-held secret guilt." --~ J. Carlyle Parker, author of Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family Research
"[Thompson] has a knack for creating characters that catch the reader within the first paragraph. The flow of the story line is engaging. The concept of Mormonism during the time of the war, with an emphasis on Jews, is brilliant.... Excellent storytelling." --~Terry Terry, Hollywood casting director
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Book Description American Book Publishing Group, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111589824903