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Holyer, Erna

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ISBN 10: 1410723852 / ISBN 13: 9781410723857
Published by 1st Book Library, 2003
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Publisher: 1st Book Library

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Nikki suspects a family secret and she's trying to find out who saved her from drowning. This is 1932. An Austrian named Adolf Hitler is drumming up followers for his new Nazi Party. Heinz, the neighborhood boy Nikki adores, dons the brown Hitler uniform and marches about the small Bavarian town in which Nikki's parents own a hotel. In her quest for answers Nikki saves Max, a Jewish boy, from Heinz's Nazi mob and learns that her late grandfather was Jewish. She realizes the danger to herself, her younger sister, and her country cousin, Lena.Lena visits Nikki the following summer and is beguiled by Paul, an enthusiastic Hitler youth. Surprisingly, the Nazi leader has come to power, and his men pressure Nikki's mother to vote for him. Mama refuses and dies of a heart attack. Papa meets and marries a young woman. Nikki hates her stepmother and wants out. A letter from America elates her. Max invites her to come to New York, giving her a way to escape the strained situation at home. Circumstances sway her to stay.On a Spring day in 1937, Heinz returns after a long absence. He wants Nikki to marry him, but she dreads the black S.S. uniform he now wears and the power it gives him. When he sets the wedding date for October 18, Nikki's 18th birthday, she cannot refuse him without endangering her life and the safety of her family. The dangerous dance that began five years earlier ends with her astonishing escape from Nazi Germany.A seasoned author and eyewitness of the times presents an authentic picture of the Nazi period. A gripping book for young adult readers and for students of the Nazi era.

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Erna Holyer, an eyewitness of the Nazi era in Germany, makes it her mission to show what life was like under Hitler and how a dictator can become entrenched in any country.Born into a business family, Erna appeared destined to take over part of her parents' hotel in Weilheim, Upper Bavaria, Germany. Hitler's laws changed futures. Forced out of their city property, Erna's family moved to the country. At the Freskenhof, an estate her parents managed to retain, she educated herself with the aid of books.The motivation to write germinated after the sudden death of her 23-year-old sister. She poured her shock into poems. Who cares about people after they die? Who recalls their uniqueness? Who remembers their tragedies or joys? Who tells their stories? She promised herself that one day she'd create and leave something of lasting value behind.Meanwhile, she clerked at a nearby American military school, where she met her future husband, a man from South Dakota. The couple settled in San Jose, California. She immersed herself in the studies of English, creative writing, journalism, and fine arts. Her children's stories appeared in magazines and anthologies. Books for young readers followed, as did a teaching position in adult education.Erna Holyer's 14 published books include a young adult trilogy (Review & Herald, 1997) and Self-Help for Writers: Winners Show You How (1stBooks Library, 2002).Her vita appears in Contemporary Authors; Who's Who in American Education; Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets; Something About the Author; Who's Who in America. Her affiliations include the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW, Inc.), American Biographical Institute (ABI), and World University Roundtable.

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