Wolfram

Wolfram

The Boy Who Went to War

Book - 2011
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The Aïchele family were decent, cultured, peace-loving Germans trying their hardest not to get swept up in the madness of Hitler's Third Reich. But by the time war came, for civilians on all sides, there was nowhere left to hide.

The conflict took Wolfram, the family's gentle, 18-year-old son, to the Russian Front and the Normandy beaches. It also engulfed the town of his childhood, obliterating its inhabitants in a devastating firestorm.

Wolfram is a powerful story of human survival. It is testimony to the fact that even in the darkest times there remains a spark of humanity that can never be totally extinguished.
Publisher: London : Sceptre Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780340840832
Branch Call Number: 940.541343092 AICHE-M
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill.

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Vilka Nov 08, 2017

Slow start, spending a lot of time on child-Wolfram's artistic interests, but gives an interesting view into how ordinary Germans experienced and thought of the rise of Nazism and its increasing intrusions into everyday lives, as well as some lesser-known details like the Lebensborn program, the ... Read More »


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Vilka Nov 08, 2017

Slow start, spending a lot of time on child-Wolfram's artistic interests, but gives an interesting view into how ordinary Germans experienced and thought of the rise of Nazism and its increasing intrusions into everyday lives, as well as some lesser-known details like the Lebensborn program, the handling of German POWs, and how the activities of the death-camps were kept secret from the general populace for so long. Wolfram comes from an anti-Nazi family, but he can't escape the draft forever and eventually gets sent to war with other teenagers, first on the Eastern front and then to Normandy, just in time for D-Day. A thought-provoking glimpse into a less often seen and told side of the Second World War.

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