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on 6 January 2014
Eigner admits right from the start that her fading memories so many years after the event might have blurred her recollection of some details.

The writing isn't perfect: there are adjectives sprinkled everywhere and some confusing jumps in and out of flashbacks; there are also so many blinding coincidences in some places that they could be fictional.

Nevertheless her story is compelling. This is a fascinating insight into how the last world war affected Germans too. After the Nazis spent twelve years or more treating everyone else like worthless scum, people in Czechoslovakia spent a few more years treating Germans just as badly.

With Czechs trying to get rid of them by murder or expulsion to slave labour and the Russians about to take over, Germans were desperate to escape to safety and were just trying to survive until their chance came.

The ending comes rather abruptly. The book would be improved with a prologue summarising her life after Czechoslovakia or expanding on her relationship with her mother. But it's still a worthwhile read.
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