Thursday, February 22, 2018

Surviving “Uncle Hitler” Journey of a German Girl by Dorothea Wollin Null Book Review



"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

My thoughts:

I have read many books about the Jewish people and the Holocaust. My family remembers the loss of 6 million Jews and a host of others who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Every year on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) we remember and we are constantly reminded off the persecution of the Jewish people throughout history. I have to say that I’ve never read a book about the hardship that the German people had to endure during this horrible time in history.

The story starts out with a brief biography of Adolf Hitler and his life, how he came into power, and a bit about the war.

She starts out in modern day with a brief synopsis of her life: and immigrant from Germany that lived through World War II. Her family escaped the Allied bombing and fleeing to Russia and lived in a refugee camp. Dorothea knew real poverty and the feel of almost starving. Her childhood wasn’t sheltered and comfortable and her teenager years she still had fear and anxiety. From their she goes into more details.

The story is told in first person. She was 7 years old in 1943 when her family left their home when their town was being bombed by Allied forces. There are many descriptions of war and other terrifying situations that a child shouldn’t have to see.

The author has several pages of pictures of her life that tell a story of a family that that are just like you and me.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers. This was an interesting book. I would love to have heard the author’s testimony on how she became a believer.

I guess I never considered the loss of some 4 million Germans died. It’s always been the lost of the Jews and others people. This was a heartfelt story from a remarkable child who grew into a woman. Despite the horrible things that she endured the Lord made something beautiful out of her life.

May we never forget! Never Again!  



The author dedicated this book to all “Seekers of Truth” Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Truly He is and one day we will know true Shalom and no war.

In the forward the author reminds us that through our own sufferings is the ability to truly feel the sufferings of others and to be a comfort to them. I’m reminded because of this story whether a Jew or Gentile many suffered because of Hitler.

Thank you for sharing your life within the pages of this book.


You can purchase this book at Amazon. 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my


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