Title: Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’
Author: Dorothea Wollin Null
Publisher: First Steps Publishing
“Because we never knew what the next day would bring, my fears became an integral part of my life,” Dorothea Wollin Null confesses in her autobiography, Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’: Journey of a German Girl.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-one-page paperback is an autobiography of the life of a young girl who was born and raised in Germany when Hitler rose to power. With no profanity, a few adult situations and topics on war may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes acknowledgments and a foreword and brief biography on Adolf Hitler with the ending having an afterword and suggested reading.
Dorothea Wollin Null was born in 1936, and she lived to tell about being homeless, starving, and a Fremma in her own country as she and her family moved to escape Allied bombings, live in refugee camps, and go to school as an outsider. The now-eighty-plus-year-old woman conveys her childhood was racked with fear, the inability to speak, loss of memory, and state of shock while living with a severe attachment disorder. As she explains her birth to being an eighteen-year-old who comes to America, she expresses the lessons learned as a child, parental observances, and how God’s constant provision kept her and her family safe.
~ Wish ~
Because the book only covers the first twenty years of the writer’s life, it is abrupt and leaves the reader wondering what happened to her the next sixty-plus years as it is so vague. I struggled with the written sectional format that lacked depth and emotion. Had she concentrated on several highlighted accounts of her life and went into greater detail, it would be a more engaging read.
~ Want ~
This book that focuses on a young German girl’s perspective of living in Germany during World War II to fleeing to America is a quick read that perhaps those who know her or have heard her speak would be more inclined to enjoy.
Thanks to BookCrash, First Steps Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.