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To Lose a War. Memories of a German Girl

Shelton, Regina Maria

ISBN 10: 0809310740 / ISBN 13: 9780809310746
Published by Southern Illinois University Press, 1982
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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first edition (NL begins with "82"), first printing (NL begins with "1"); inscribed by the author on the 2nd front free endpaper "To Rita and Buff, with best wishes, Regina Shelton, 11 - 7 - 82"; hard covers slightly rubbed at the bottom of the spine, 3 small gray marks on covers, all about 1 cm long, else fine, overall rating Near Fine; unclipped dj is intact, although rubbed, chipped and torn, especially at the top, rated Poor to Fair; I remember the author from the 70s, a librarian at Morris Library at Southern Illinois University, as a serious, dedicated professional, about whose background one would have no inkling -- she didn't readily offer that kind of information; the book would be of interest to collectors of books about Germany during and after the 2nd World War, as seen through the eyes of innocents who were drawn into it; cloth covers are black with a gray-black linen-textured spine with gold lettering, dj is white, black, and cinnabar, with white and black lettering; 8vo - 9 1/4 inches high, 228 numbered pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000410

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Title: To Lose a War. Memories of a German Girl

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Poor to Fair

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

About this title


Martin Blumenson refers to this book as a sensitive, beautifully written personal memoir,” and calls it a contribution to under­standing, particularly to Americans who know little of how World War II and its immediate aftermath disrupted the lives of those who survived the defeat of Germany.”


Vividly, humanly, Shelton tells her story from the point of view of a teen-age German girl, one who witnessed her country’s surge to power and who felt the ignominy of both Germany and Ger­mans after the fall. She reaches a point during the war when Sometimes the way we now live seems unreal, as if we were marionettes, with orders and permits and schedules attached to us instead of strings.”


But after the defeat of Germany life gets considerably worse. The victorious Russians evict the natives from their homes. They sneer and leer at the women who must venture forth for food. In this defeated land the nights become unbearably long; without any physical activity by day, sleep refuses to come. I yearn for sleep, be it temporary or eternal. Death is becoming a friend; the enemy has a new name now: Rape.”


Then comes the dreaded order to evacuate all Germans from Lower Silesia: How can a whole people be uprooted, disowned, tossed aside like useless flotsam how? With the stroke of a pen, with a new line drawn on a map, we are sentenced to homelessness.” Not knowing where they will be sent, they plod out into darkness and cold with the other Germans, their worldly goods reduced to what they can carry. Embittered, they are herded into vermin-infested freight cars, still unaware of their destination.

About the Author:

Regina Maria Shelton is now Reserve Room Supervisor at Mor­ris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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