Parallel Journeys

Parallel Journeys

eBook - 2000 | First Aladdin Paperbacks edition.
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She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to a high rank in the Hitler Youth. While Helen was hiding in Amsterdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler's "master race." While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Auschwitz, he was a teenage commander of frontline troops, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin Paperbacks,, 2000.
Edition: First Aladdin Paperbacks edition.
ISBN: 9781442440999
1442440996
9780689832369
0689832362
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 244 pages) : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Heck, Alfons 1928-
Waterford, Helen 1909-
Contents: The power and the glory
The tightening noose
Serving Mein Führer
Kristallnacht: the night of broken glass
Marching down the road to war
The Nazi net ensnares Holland
Disaster in the East
A dark look into the future
The kingdom - Forever and ever?
Heading into hiding
Germany's youngest top-rated glider pilot
Discovery and deportation
A meeting with Mein Führer
Our journey to heaven
The Christmas Eve air attack
Some small signs of hope
Decline, fall, and capture
The long trek home
"You will be executed by a firing squad"
One day at a time
Oceans cannot put ghosts to rest
Coming to grips with the past
Epilogue: The world must not forget.
Summary: She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their parallel journey through World War II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to a high rank in the Hitler Youth. While Helen was hiding in Amsterdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler's "master race." While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Auschwitz, he was a teenage commander of frontline troops, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all.

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A very powerful and moving book. They did not retain any gruesome details, although these characters were not exposed to all tortures of the Holocaust

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