It was exciting news about a week ago when my Dad told me that his brother just published a book about his experiences growing up in Germany during WWII. I had heard parts of the story since I was a little girl-- that much history in one family becomes a part of who you are, even if it was a parent who went through it. I always had questions, though, and this book answered many of them. I also got to see some photos of my relatives that I'd never seen before.
What was most interesting was hearing the story told from the perspective of a young boy who was in some ways removed from what was really happening, but at the same time, in the midst of one of the most memorable wars in history. My grandparents had come to the U.S. and opened businesses prior to the war and my uncle was born here too, but when he was three they went back, right before the war officially broke out. I couldn't put it down and I read it in one sitting!
The only thing he doesn't tell, is how my Grandma and my Dad escaped together to meet my Grandpa and my uncle in the U.S. Maybe my Dad will write a book? He was only around six or seven when he came here so many facts will probably be lost for good.
It is available on amazon if you're interested in reading it too! I found it fascinating.