A Woman's Rise To Courage

A True And Captivating Story Of A WWII Survivor

by Birgit T. Klare



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 18/06/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781984582744
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781984582737
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781984582720

About the Book

March 13, 1945. Thea had just given birth to her fourth child at a hospital under blackout. Her husband defended the Vaterland in Berlin, uncertain if he would ever see his family again. Her hometown Dresden had been reduced to rubble during a two-day bombing by American and British allies. The Russians were on the move, and so was 32-year-old Thea with her four children hoping for temporary shelter. On the road, she encountered the brutal reality of war. Defeated soldiers marching amongst demoralized people on the road to Poland. A warmhearted woman took in the family in the town of Rippchen. Two brave souls, united in fighting Mongolians, that terrorized and raped its citizens. Thea reunited with her mother and sister months later in Dresden. Devastated by the hopelessness she faced, with her children starving, she connected with black marketers to sell X-ray films to hospitals in West Germany. It was a dangerous but lucrative task, prompting the Russians service suspicion of her improved lifestyle. She was sentenced to work in the uranium mines at the Erzgebirge, with her children taken to a communist operated child center. The mines were known as a brutal mining camp, its prisoners doomed for life with no way of escape. But they couldn’t break Thea’s will to survive She cautiously planned her getaway and manipulated her children’s release from the children’s home. Within days she prepared for an escape to West Germany, only taking her two oldest children on this risky journey. Making them believe they were going on a long walk that ended in crossing the Russian border from East Germany to the West. A courageous woman’s escape to freedom against all odds.

About the Author

Birgit T. Klare born 1945 in the former East Germany, enjoys the arts, concerts, old movies, the outdoors and a fun evening in the company of good friends. She was always interested in her own family’s history as well as those of other’s willing to share their past. Everyone has a story to tell. She reads mostly biographies, memoirs and books of history. She traveled extensively the globe, appreciating diversified cultures and languages. Birgit lives in McLean, VA with her cat, Ms. Gracie.