We Dont Talk About That - An Amazing Story of Survival by Giselle RoederWe Dont Talk About That - An Amazing Story of Survival by Giselle Roeder

We Dont Talk About That - An Amazing Story of Survival

byGiselle Roeder

Hardcover | April 23, 2014

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Millions of women were abused and raped during the final stages of WW II, and while the attitude among many survivors is "We don't talk about that", this woman has found the courage to place her memories on record.Growing up in a rural village in Pomerania, Gila's tranquil life turned tragic when the fighting approached her neighborhood. Her father was captured and taken to Siberia while she and her family became displaced persons and joined the trek of thousands "on the road to nowhere." She was witness to gruesome acts of violence that quickly aged her before her years. She barely survived diphtheria and later, recovering from typhoid fever, she took responsibility for her three siblings while her mother worked. Despite her interrupted schooling through circumstances beyond her control, Gila's determination empowered her to become a Physical Education teacher and successful competitive kayaker. The division of Germany into East and West with its political ramifications caused her to escape to West Germany. Here she was able to fulfill an old dream despite having to face new challenges, including an unwanted affair. Gila's story is one of heartache, courage, pain, love, liberation and reclaiming life.
Title:We Dont Talk About That - An Amazing Story of SurvivalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:April 23, 2014Publisher:FriesenPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1460232070

ISBN - 13:9781460232071


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I bought this book for two reasons - (1) to support a local author and (2) because my parents grew up in Berlin during the war. This book gave me an insight into the "other side" of the war, the side that my parents, aunts and uncles never talked about. Born and raised in Canada decades after the war, I didn't really think that the war affected me. But the truth is, the war impacted my parents... and they raised me. Giselle's book was gripping in its rawness. We should never forget that war is hell - particularly for the non-combatants - the women, the children, the elderly. Reading this book, I knew that Giselle would survive to tell the tale, but wondered about the rest of her family. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book may well tear at your heart strings but you will find it difficult to put aside. One is kept wondering - what next? It is easy to understand why the traumas the civilian casualties of war find it so impossible to talk about those experiences. This author helps us to understand some of the factors that led to the outbreak of WW II and then courageously relates her own life experiences in both East and West Germany before she faces the decision to leave it all behind and start afresh in a new country..
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book This is an excellent book written by the very courageous woman who actually lived it. Very interesting. Sometimes funny, sometimes horrific. A truly incredible story.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read How did she ever survive? The book relates the author's life before, during and after WWII. I think readers will learn things that the average person in North America never learned in school or read in the newspaper; about how the war affected thousands of families, not just the Jews, and not just by the Nazis. I like the fact that the book is not "just" about the war. It covers not only the innocent childhood memories and the fears and atrocities encountered during the Russian invasion, but the creation of the two German States, the author's life after the war and how she survived, became successful, and overcame even more difficult situations in her young adulthood before, finally, making a monumental decision to leave Germany and come to Canada. I recommend the book highly because of learning a part of history that people to this day don't want to "Talk About" and at the same time for the entertainment value that touches your heart.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educational, enlightening and entertaining In telling the story of her childhood Giselle reminds us of the horrors of war but also demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit as her family deals with the Russian occupation of Germany at the end of World War II. Her family was evicted from their home to join thousands of other displaced persons on “the road to nowhere”. After finding refuge with some other family members Giselle is faced with a number of educational and emotional challenges which the previously developed resilience and determination to survive helps her to overcome. This book will make you smile; it will make you cry and it will make you laugh but, most of all, it will leave you with faith in the human spirit to overcome adversity. It will also help you to understand why this was a period about which no-one was prepared to talk.
Date published: 2014-05-03