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When Margarete Dos moved with her family to Berlin on the eve of World War II, she and her younger brother were blindly ushered into a generation of Hitler Youth. Like countless citizens under Hitler’s regime, Margarete struggled to understand what was happening to her country. Later, as a nurse for the German Red Cross, she treated countless young soldiers—recruited in the eleventh hour to fight a losing battle—they would die before her eyes as Allied bombs racked her beloved city. Yet, her deep humanity, intelligence, and passion for life—which sparkles in every sentence of her memoir—carried Margarete through to war’s end. But just when she thought the worst was over, and she and her mother were on a train headed to Sweden, they were suddenly rerouted deep into Russia…This powerful account draws back the curtain on a piece of history that has been largely overlooked—the nightmare that millions of German civilians suffered, simply because they were German.

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Kerstin Lieff

Kerstin Lieff (www.kerstinlieff.com) earned her MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her debut book, LETTERS FROM BERLIN (Lyons Press; Random House) , won the 2013 Colorado Book Awards.

Her story, WHEN ALL HAS GONE. WHITE., was published in FragLit Magazine and can be read here: http://fraglit.com/flit/archives/66.

A BOY NAMED KLAUS was a finalist in the Southeast Review Nonfiction Writing Contest, which was published in January 2015 and can be reader here: http://www.kerstinlieff.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/A-Boy-Named-Klaus.pdf.

Kerstin is currently working on a second book about madness, passion and death. Kerstin lives in Boulder, Colorado where she skis, hikes, river rafts ... and loves the food.

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