From Hitler Youth to American Soldier

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Born in 1933, in the village of Rothenen, East Prussia, Germany, Herb Flemming grew up under Hitler, the son of Pentecostal parents, third in a family of eight children. Forced to join the Hitler Youth, and with a blacksmith father who joined the German Army to avoid joining the Nazi Party, Herb's childhood was a contrast between the good at home and the evil all around him. From Gestapo shootings to Tom Sawyer-like boyhood adventures to Allied bombings, Herb learned of God's love and the power of prayer. Then, in February, 1945, at the age of eleven, with Russian tanks and cannon just a few hundred yards away, Herb and his family escaped to Pillau on the Baltic coast, only to become ensnared in a endless jumble of refugees, all trying to flee East Prussia by sea. Yet Herb's father had prayed for their deliverance and protection, so they had faith that God would guide them. Sure enough, God took the tragedy of being turned away from the doorstep of the very ship that was to take them to safety, and He transformed it into a miracle of deliverance, since that same ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Russian submarine, with thousands of lives lost, just a day later. In the days and weeks that followed, Herb and his family were attacked on another ship by Allied aircraft, which flew away as soon as his family finished praying for safety. He missed being bombed again by other Allied aircraft at a railroad station by a matter of half a mile. He was machine gunned at by British troops and strafed by a Spitfire, but God spared him unharmed. Herb's father was taken prisoner by the Russians, yet was reunited with them four years later, on Christmas Eve, as his family was having their prayers and devotions. God continued to provide for Herb and his family as they immigrated to America in 1951, even though they knew little to no English, in the form of American relatives, a house, and jobs. When Herb was drafted into the US Army, he came full circle and was sent back to Germany, as part of the occupying forces in his own land.

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After returning to America at the end of his military tour in Germany, Herb and his wife Frieda moved to New York City, where they started their own family. The Flemmings now live in West Virginia and enjoy visiting with their grandchildren whenever possible. Herb has recently returned to his former home in the small village of Rothenen, in East Prussia, now a part of Russia, only to find that not a single street or building remains. Herb is grateful to God for the miracle of His deliverance and protection, and his life is still today a powerful testimony that God answers prayer. Although this is Timothy King's first book, he has written several unpublished works, including the scenario for Joint Patriot 2001, a National Guard exercise for which he received recognition from the general staffs of both the US Army and the US Air Force. Tim is retired from the Air National Guard after 22 years in the military, and he currently runs his own business in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


The wonderful life stories of Herb Flemming and his family remind us there are authentic people who give us hope through their examples. His passion for God and his family affirm values which offer strength and protection for those who live in a threatening world culture. This family provides a legacy of faith from one generation to the next, inspiring one to believe our future is brighter than our past. His stories cross cultures and continents while reminding us our choices determine our providence. This incredible journey will warm your soul! --Larry Hickey, former pastor of 1st Assembly of God Church, Winchester, VA; currently Potomac District Superintendent

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