Book Reviews

Surviving Uncle Hitler

So, after an unintended, unplanned hiatus from the blogging world, I am back with a book review =) Some posts just take priority over other posts, and this is one of them. Sometime in the near future, I will post something about what has been keeping me busy. And then there are a couple of posts I am REALLY excited about coming soon, so….

Dorothea Wollin was just a young girl when American bombs demolished her German town. Uprooted overnight, she and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe.

“Many people bury their memories so they don’t have to deal with the pain. For whatever reason, my mother buried hers. I was hard-pressed to get any stories from her. She was not one who shared easily. However, one night was different. It was many years after the war, in 1987, and I was visiting my family in Germany. I felt there were things Mother and I needed to talk about, and I pressed for discussion. I was pleasantly surprised when she stayed up until the wee hours sharing memories.”

When American bombs demolished her German town, Dorothea Wollin and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe.

This is a true story of a little girl’s quest for meaning in a dark world that led to faith in Christ, and to a freedom greater than that of country or politics.

“What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts.” — Dorothea Wollin Null

This is my story

You may have guessed from the several books I have reviewed that I enjoy books about World War II — it happens to be one of my favourite times in American History. In fact, it comes right after the War Between the States, which is my first historical love :D

This book piqued my interest when I realized it was written by a German girl in Germany who wasn’t a Jew. So many books I have read about the war in Germany have been about Jews. This was about a normal, everyday girl who lived in Germany. And I have to tell you, this book was eye opening to read.

The narrative about life in Germany during the war was fascinating, but even more interesting was Mrs. Null’s narrative about life before the war, leading up to it. The implementation of Hitler’s regime, the creation of the Third Reich, the propaganda spread by the government — it was interesting to read.

I must say, the style of writing took a bit of getting used to…and the format was a bit different than other books. But overall, the information contained inside covered all those flaws, and I was soon drawn into the story.

I would absolutely recommend this book to others, but I would caution parents to read it before very young children. There are details of the war that are told that aren’t too gory, but still….things like starvation, death, and bombs, to name a few, were just a matter of childhood growing up in Germany, and so are written about as such.

All in all, I would give this book four stars, and I would lend it out to others — my father has already mentioned wanting to read it :D

I recieved a complimentary copy of this book through Book Crash in return for an honest review.
I was not required to enjoy this book.

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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.


  • Jonathan Character

    Hi Kaitlyn! Good to see you back active in the cyberspace. This book sounds interesting … Germany in the 1920s and 30s is a good example of what can happen when God retracts His hand of common grace and lets people express their sinful natures. We must take the lesson to heart.

    What will the upcoming posts be about? More book reviews or thoughts on various topics? Or will I have to bear the suspense? :D

    • Kaitlyn S.

      I included a quote from this book in an email I sent you last night :D It definitely left me with a lot to ponder over — I’m still thinking about it, and I finished it about three weeks ago.

      The posts….thoughts and interviews. But that’s all I’m saying ;-)

  • Shannon

    This sounds like an informative, thought-provoking read. My husband is particularly interested in WWII history, so he might even be interested in it!

    • Kaitlyn S.

      This was a really thought provoking read on this period, from a perspective I don’t often see written — If your husband is already interested in WWII, he would probably really enjoy this one :D

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