Journey to Peace by Ruth RathgeberJourney to Peace by Ruth Rathgeber

Journey to Peace

byRuth Rathgeber

Paperback | October 31, 2009

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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. 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 gruelling and life-threatening journey 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 the Nazi regime and its aftermath.<_o3a_p>

Ruth Rathgeber was born in Kassel, Germany. After the untimely deaths of both parents, she spent her teenage years in Chemnitz. She worked as a journalist in Poland during World War II and was a translator for the International Relief Organization after the war. Rathgeber immigrated to Canada in 1950. She resides in Brighton, Ontario. ...
Title:Journey to PeaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:273 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:October 31, 2009Publisher:The Ganneth CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0978445511

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Journey to Peace Americans have read numerous books about World War II telling the story of battles, soldiers, generals, survivors, the Holocaust, prisoners of war, and much more. However, we have been exposed to few books that give us a glimpse of what life was like for the average German citizen before and after the war years. Journey to Peace does just that. Author Ruth Rathgeber lived it and now she has shared her memories in a fascinating novel. Rathgeber draws from her experiences as a young woman who flees from the Russians as the war drags on to its now inevitable conclusion. Karin von Holbig worked as a reporter in occupied Poland. As the Russian army pushes through Poland on its way to Berlin, Polish and German citizens flee. Karin joins the long line of refugees on their cold January flight from Poznan to safety. For weeks, they travel – on foot and by truck - barely ahead of the Russian front. “What had happened to the ‘Thousand Year Reich’ Hitler had so often boasted about? It was shattered after only thirteen years. Thousands had been forced to lose their lives for the Vaterland. In reality they had died for the Führer’s obsession with power. What an unforgivable waste!” Karin’s thoughts echoed those of her fellow refugees. She had lost her fiancé, Helmut, to the war and worried constantly about her family. The journey is only the beginning of the long road to peace. Once the war is over, the occupation brings new worries. As Karin shares war-related tragedies and losses with her family and friends, she must find her way in this new and still dangerous world. She searches for love, friendship and peace – the only things that ever really mattered. The author worked as a journalist and translator during the war. She knew the fear the Nazis and the Gestapo inspired in the ordinary citizen. In Journey to Peace, she turns her knowledge into story that captivates readers with its authentic voice. Rathgeber immigrated to Canada in 1950 and lives in Brighton, Ontario. Her story takes us one step closer to a complete picture of the costs of war where all ordinary citizens pay the price. Journey to Peace is a must-read for anyone interested in a well-written story and a different historical viewpoint of WWII from someone who lived it.
Date published: 2012-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True-to-life Story of Difficult Times--Germany, WWII Who could be more qualified than Ruth Rathgeber to tell this gripping story of life in Germany under the Nazi regime, near the end of World War II. Ruth's own real-life experiences attempting to escape from Germany and find a life of peace lend authenticity to this novel of love, war, and fear as the heroine, Karin, endures terror, tentative hope, and a war that seems to catch up to her wherever she goes to try to evade it. We read of the pathos of being separated from beloved family and friends because of the war, and in its aftermath the anguish of not being able to locate them--then the joy of learning that some of them were safe, and the torment of hearing of the inhumane treatment some of them suffered, and from which some died under imprisonment by the Russians. The bleak, cold and uncomfortable conditions of some of the German soldiers during imprisonment by the Allies in the aftermath of the war was heart-rending, even though for the most part they were treated humanely. There is a happy ending to the story--for both Ruth and Karin--and it is well worth reading, both for the entertainment value of a story well told, and for the insight into the trials and tribulations of war.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful and engaging ! Ruth Rathgeber`s Journey to Peace provides a thoroughly engaging read. She shares unique insights into the turmoil and uncertainty that befell ordinary citizens during the war (WW II), but frames these insights into the context of personal love stories that keep the reader rivetted. This book is also a good reminder of the enormous human costs of war.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most appropriate Ruth writes very eloquently about the war years in Europe, she describes this time in dramatic prose, Ruth has a way of bringing her experiences into clear focus for the reader. A very personal tale, gripping and a timely reminder of the devastation of war.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read I've discovered a new author! This book was very enlightening to me. I was but a wee child when the WW2 ended and was subject only to the propaganda of the time. I learned so much about the German people and the horrible hardships they suffered from the Russians and the Allies. The story of Karin and her associates gave me a whole new outlook. The story has hardship, pain, pathos, a wonderful love story and a great ending. I would love to read more from this author, and will look forward to her new book which I hope will come out soon
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly well written! A beautifully coloured story that transports you into life during wartime, and allows you to experience the angst and emotional upheavel that ordinary people of that time found the strength to survive.
Date published: 2010-03-03

Editorial Reviews

A richly told, true-to-life tale which stirred vivid memories of life in Germany as the Nazis faced defeat in World War II. Frederick Heider, German World War II survivor and author of Grey Skies over Russia  “A heart-warming story of hope and fear, companionship and loss, love and jealousy, shaped by the author’s recollections of her young life lived in Germany during the dying days of World War II and the turmoil of post-war reconstruction.”Douglas Martin, Professor, Seneca College, Toronto