A Peasant Caught between the Red Star and the Swastika
Immanuel Weiss’s True Story
I still dream that the Russians are after me, like when the Germans drafted me and I was on the Eastern Front In February of 1944. …….. Immanuel Weiss suffers from other nightmares – of being an unarmed Romanian soldier facing a Russian tank when his Bessarabian homeland was invaded…..
Immanuel and Johanna’s ancestors left Swabia in south-western Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century to take up the Russian Tsar’s offer of free land in Bessarabia. Five generations later, Immanuel and Johanna and their fellow Bessarabian Germans still typified the Swabian culture and values: they were independent-minded, religious, fanatic about work, and frugal.
This book will use the words of Immanuel Weiss and his wife Johanna to describe the life of Bessarabian peasants as they went from the peaceful years of the 1930s to the Soviet invasion of 1940, of being “saved” and resettled by the Nazis in Poland, and then living through the madness of the fighting on Germany’s East Front. ……. The words of this story come from five years of interviews, letters, phone conversations, and written memories. ……
Table of Contents:
1. Bessarabia 2. In the Romanian Army 3. The Russians Come 4. Drafted Again 5. On the Western Front 6. Flight of the Women and Children 7. Prying the Family Loose From the Communists 8. Refugee Life 9. Land of Opportunity 10. Surviving as a Farmer Today 11. The Next Generation 12. German Success Breeds Hatred 13. Visiting the Communists 14. Bad Dreams Bibliography
Author: George F. Wieland; Pages: 149; Published: 1991
ISBN#: Not available Link to external review: Not available
HSGPV Book ID# 000586; Category: Families