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Title: Forty Autumns
Authors: Willner, Nina
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 391
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 couldn't come fast enough for a family separated by Germany's partition in the wake of WWII. It begins with Hanna's escape to West Germany in 1948, continues with the arrival of her daughter (the author) in Berlin at the height of the Cold War as a US Army Intelligence Officer, and finally resolves with family reunion once the wall is down.

Brimming with photos and other supportive material, this is the graphic but inspiring story of a tenacious family that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and highlights the value of political freedom.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A story about an extraordinary family, told in splendid and graphic detail."

"There's so much to discuss with this book, but the value of freedom is its main them."

"A very revealing story - the family reunion must have been extraordinary."

"This is a piece of history that should be brought to the notice of every person valuing their political freedom."

"The many photographs in the book brought the story alive."

"This is a story that's well-told and it happened not so long ago. It's backed up with detailed facts."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Historical, Human Rights, Political, Relationships, Germany, America, 2021 Titles

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By: TAUR 023 2020-07-20 11:54:39
4 
An authentic family story.

By: ASHB 004 2020-03-09 13:34:59
5 
A real eye opener about life in South Africa. We thought the writing was very clever as we learnt about what was going on behind the scenes with apartheid without feeling lectured, while getting insights into his life. We had an interesting discussion as to whether "coloured" is a derogatory term. We all enjoyed the book, enjoyed the readable writing style.

 
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