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  1. says:

    Having read countless historical fiction novels I was instantly intrigued by “Gerta’s” premise and wow it certainly didn’t disappoint The writing was imaginative and lyrical instantly transporting me into a war ravaged world where hatred and violence penetrate the very air Gerta breathes and where one’s nationality can become a death sentence and it matters not whether this particular person was a collaborator or someone simply trying to live their life just like Gerta What I also appreciated was how Gerta’s inner conflict was presented born to a Czech mother and a German father she was seemingly torn between two worlds a child of two different warring nations and cultures condemned no matter what disdained for her “Czechness” by her father and expelled from her own native land for no other reason other than being that German father’s child Throughout the entire story I couldn’t help but admire Gerta’s resilience Starting with domestic trauma that would be enough to break anyone and later being subjected to abuse rape and humiliation that drove even women to suicide And despite all she persevered she refused to surrender she chose to live if not for her own sake but for her daughter and just for that I couldn’t help but applaud the strength of her spirit and her courage Besides the wonderful main heroine you can’t help rooting for the novel is populated with a truly unforgettable cast of characters good and bad profiteers and most selfless souls ones who chose revenge and those who chose forgiveness despite all At times the story reads like a memoir and it’s that authenticity that made it a truly unforgettable read for me Life is never black and white and people are never just villains or heroes They’re real people just like Gerta and those who abused or helped her the fact that the author wrote about the rarely mentioned part of Czech history in such realistic raw terms without glossing anything over is what made the novel stand out among many others in the same genre I’m so glad I chose it as my first kindle read of 2021 If you’re a fan of the genre I really can’t recommend it highly enough


  2. says:

    The story and the prose felt a little simple and sentimental to me There is so much already written about WWII and its immediate aftermath that I feel fiction needs to surpass what has come before to justify itself The other issue I struggle with is that fiction about this era seems a bit derivative always when compared with fiction written by those who lived through these times We might be in a historical space where we’re too close to the era and we’re not yet far enough away in years for something really new to be written about it So what gets written feels sincere to me but also a bit plodding I felt the same way about “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” and “All the Light We Cannot See” so the book will probably appeal widely


  3. says:

    The Sins of the Fathers the Victor and the VanuishedThe book begins with a gripping scene of a fictionalized account of what happened on the Czechoslovakian Death March after World War II Many of German ancestry even if it went back a long way were forced to leave what they considered home because of their family’s history Czechoslovakia was Gerta’s only home She was the daughter of a Czech mother and Hitler loving German father an innocent caught up in the brutal tides of history through no fault of her own What happens to her is appalling on so many counts It's amazing that humans can endure atrocities perpetrated against them and yet go on to affect their own evil What happens when the victor and vanuished flip sides? It is rarely pretty The story doesn't just look at what happens in the chaotic times of World War II and just after It's a multi generational look at how those events impact generations While I could feel for Gerta and her suffering I wish the author went the other way about how it ultimately affected her Most World War II stories are about the triumph of the human spirit—and I suppose this is to a certain extent because Gerta and her daughter survive but not in the way we like to see it Yes Gerta makes it through but she is utterly altered in a way that is negatively realistic sad and heartbreaking one that takes a toll on her relationship with her daughter This book is certainly not an easy read but I did like the way it spotlighted the things we rarely think about in the aftermath of war While the story is not true to a person it is undoubtedly true to the times and those who suffered during it and afterward


  4. says:

    Reads like a biographyRead until the end because I needed to find out how it end but it was painful To many unfinished stories jumped around to much Confusing at times


  5. says:

    via my blog 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐆𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬After World War II over 20000 ethnic Germans were expelled from the city of Brno Czechoslovakia to Austria an expulsion known as ‘the death march’ Many of these Germans had lived in the country for centuries and were now facing death from starvation illness typhus and dysentery and execution Women and men elderly children witnessing atrocities rapes if they survived the march they were forced into labor camps Many never made it beyond the border This was retaliation for German occupation now subjected to similar treatment inhumanity the Jews faced by the NazisThe novel begins with young Gerta and her best friend Janinka their friendship slowly splintering when Gerta is forced to attend the League of German Girls where her mother belives she’ll be brainwashed and Janinka’s family would never allow their daughter to spend time with her if they knew With a German father she is blind to the Reich than one would imagine just waiting for liberation with her dear friend Janinka not realizing she is the enemy Gerta has always been like her Czech mother as a girl her father had no plans to involve her in politics he has her brother for that Protected in a bubble from the brutal realities and threats brewing she can’t imagine that the coldness that crept into her father through his support of Hitler his shaming of all things Czech would cost her everything Her dream of a future in art uickly becomes instead a fight for survival a place where there is no time for dreaming Her brother is sent to the front her mother’s health declines and soon it is Gerta alone with her harsh commanding cruel father whose sole purpose seems to be indoctrinating her with blind faith for the Führer Life is dismalThen she delivers a child Barbora “into a time of poverty” and fear always the presence of fear Air raids bomb shelters and the wait half crazed until the arrival of the Russians Now she is the enemy both German and Czech but it doesn’t matter for all Germans living in the district of Brno women children men under fourteen and over sixty as well as those who are infirm or invalids are to be expelled from the city and may only take a few belongings excluding jewelry and savings books The Germans will be punishedSo begins the real heart and horror of the novel It is survival in the bleakest of circumstances humanity at their worst and best Death shadows every moment of the march and long after poisoning the future with stains of past generations Displaced people many enemies due to the actions of others full of helpless rage and endless humiliations degradation Gerta survives with nothing but the thought to keep her child alive As her child comes of age so too grows a distance between them If only her child’s future won’t be a dire one as Gerta’s has been How to make a child understand one can’t enjoy a life when they are just trying to survive it and later the fear anger bitterness guilt shame and pain are ghosts that never leave?A story about dark history and the shrouded secrets of the past tormenting a family for generations to come This is not a light read it is complicated and tragic The horrors of war the aftermath retribution cannot be denied that hearts close in or turn hard cold is a defense mechanism for anyone lucky enough to survive Raising her child haunted by violence it’s no wonder she can’t speak about the things Barbora longs to know about her family Who can blame Barbora either for giving up on her mother? Sometimes it takes the clarity of distance time and a third generation to understand and bridge the gap Brace yourself it’s a tough readPublication Date February 21 2021 Crossing


  6. says:

    Sometimes the measure of a good book is how long it stays with you I suspect this one will stay with me for a long time to come I did not know the premise of the book before I began it and was unaware of this part of European history The book traces the life of a young woman Gerta and that of her friends We first meet her as a child making friends regardless of ethnic ancestry and unaware of the divisions that would soon form in Czechoslovakia At the close of World War Two she is alone in the world a single mother with a baby Half German and half Czech she is forced to leave the town she grew up in because all Germans were expelled from the city of Brno Following the rise and fall of the Nazi empire Germans are hated and no mercy is given to someone whose passport identity unites them with the ideology of the Nazis Many women children and elderly were killed as they began the journey on foot out of Brno Gerta was one of the survivors of the Death March but for the rest of her life she was treated as an outsider She became suspicious of those around her after all she had experienced betrayal from her own family as well as those she had grown up with I felt that I learnt something from reading this book I learnt about a hidden chapter in history and and I was struck by how the innocent can turn on the guilty and in the end they too may become perpetrators of great crimes I did find the length of this book a challenge and I think it could have been shorter Translated from Czech into English the freuent reference to place names was the only barrier in reading this book I had no reference for these names and at times they made it difficult to remain in the flow of the book I would recommend this book; it is a reminder that truth is such a precious value that it should shine a spotlight on evil no matter which side of history it is on


  7. says:

    Excellent novel about the lasting effects of the war on a Czech German woman Gerta who is forced to leave her home and city because of the backlash against Germans following their defeat in WW2 With her baby in tow she suffers many hardships poverty and injustices while losing her family and her Czech citizenship We follow her journey from young girl destined to a happy future to a hard and unforgiving old woman The novel is narrated through her eyes but also through that of other characters including her daughter which gives the novel added depth into their fraught relationship


  8. says:

    I was interested in reading about a part of post WW2 history I had not heard of before but this whole story was just relentlessly depressing from start to finish even years beyond the initial action perhaps I should have expected that knowing something of the history of that part of the world I also struggled with the narrative style which seemed a bit all over the place


  9. says:

    The Other SideWhile there is empathy for German people such as Greta it should never overshadow the tragedy of the Jewish people who suffered in greater number in the ovens of extinction a final solution by a race whos visions of superiority led them to such evil


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Des of a war that shattered her family and her innocence Gerta must obey the official order she along with all ethnic Germans is to be expelled from Czechoslovakia With nothing but the clothes on her back and an infant daughter she’s herded among thousands driven from the only home she’s ever known But the injustice only makes Gerta stronger empowered and resolved to seek justice Her journey is a relentless uest for a seemingly i Reads like a biographyRead until the end because I needed to find out how it end but it was painful To many unfinished stories jumped around to much Confusing at times

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