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  • Out of the Ruins

    Growing Up in Post-War Germany

    by Otto Schmalz

    Like all other German cities, Hannover, West Germany, was in physical and economic ruin when the Second World War came to a close in 1945. Many of the war’s hardships continued for German citizens in the post-war years, and it was exceedingly difficult to get materials enough to live. Everything was considered precious in this extraordinary stretch, and Germans collected, recycled, and reused all ... Read more

    $6.99 CAD

  • As The Bombs Fell

    My Childhood During the Time the Nazis Ruled

    by Otto Schmalz

    You almost never get to hear the other side of the story.What was it like to be a child living in Germany as the country descended into war? What did kids do while their dads were away fighting and the rest of the family was living in either privation or terror, or both?As the Bombs Fell is a treasure-trove of information about life as a child in Nazi Germany, told by a man who actually lived the ... Read more

    $6.99 CAD

  • Time for Taking Chances

    Leaving Germany as a Teenager after the War

    by Otto Schmalz

    Time for Taking Chances: Leaving Germany as a Teenager after the War is an intimate account of a profound transition undertaken by a nineteen-year-old German boy immigrating to Canada in 1951 who saw no hope for his bombed-out country ever getting back on its feet. At the Canadian consulate in Hannover, in whose dramatic ruins he’d lived for six years after the Second World War, Otto Schmalz ... Read more

    $4.99 CAD