Book Reviews: Queen of the Bremen - The True Story of an American Child Trapped in Germany During World War II by Marlies DiFante
|5 stars, 2 reviews|
Marlies DiFanteabout this book: I wrote this book as a favor to my mother. It took me about 13 years to finish it and countless tears. The book was titled early on and reflected the innocence of a small child looking forward to new adventures. Little did she know what awaited her under the Nazi controlled country. Marlies has an excellent recollection of her accounts in Germany and describes most in vivid detail. The hardest part about writing this book was getting through the emotions that came with this tragic story of survival. I would cry sometimes for hours as I wrote.
To those who suffer hardships each and every day, it is possible to face adversity, and in the end emerge a stronger, merciful, generous, kindhearted, loving, hardworking, spiritual, and humane human being. I know this to be true. I have witnessed it first hand. Having been given the privilege of writing my mother-in-law Marlies Adams DiFante's memoir, I have come to understand the sheer scope of magnificence that surrounds her.
She was a child who experienced and witnessed some of life's most atrocious acts, and still managed to evolve into a beautiful human being, both inside and out, while fighting each of life's challenges. Surviving seven years of Nazi rule, war, starvation, prejudice, abuse, battery, molestation, fire, and homelessness, she emerged with unwavering integrity.
During the time it took to complete her story, I have learned, through her experiences, to believe in dreams, to believe in miracles, and most important, to believe in God. It has been an honor for me to write her story. I only hope I told it well.
To my wonderful husband, Tony, thank you for giving me the opportunity to finish what I started. Your love and support make everything possible. To our children, Nicholas and Gianna, I love you more each day! May God bless you always.
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Queen of the BremenThis story touches every emotion you may have. An excellent book to read. You may find it difficult to put the book down once you start reading it. [by Dom]
What a Great Story
a comment by Marlies DiFanteMy mother kept a horrifying secret for more than 70 years. Her book details the abuse she suffered and how a small child can endure so much pain is beyond comprehension. This story will make the reader laugh and cry. Truly a great story of human interest that will live on for generations to come. Thank you mom for being our hero. Your son, Tony
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