Ruined by the Reich

Memoir of an East Prussian Family, 1916–1945


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About the Book

Decades have passed since World War II, yet the myth that all Germans were Nazi sympathizers still persists. This book follows the story of the Weiss family in East Prussia from World War I to the end of World War II. It is told from the point of view not of the victors but of the vanquished. Beginning with the good citizenship trap Hitler set for law-abiding German families, the book describes how Germany first prospered and then fell to ruin with the Third Reich. The people traded their freedoms for a national security, which quickly turned to tyranny with swift consequences for “disobedience.” Like Christel’s brothers (soldiers and members of Hitler’s Youth), propaganda-fed children all over the Reich believed the highly idealized depiction of their roles and of their nation’s victims.
This fascinating and richly detailed memoir is told through the intimate narration of a woman who grew up in the midst of turmoil, experienced poverty and prejudice, witnessed the deaths of many loved ones, and was driven from her home by the Soviet Army. The combination of domestic details and vivid historical descriptions creates an unusual book as absorbing as it is educational.

About the Author(s)

Christel Weiss Brandenburg emigrated to Canada and is now living in retirement in Harrow, Ontario.
Daniel R. Laing, a technician for Agriculture Canada, is the author of numerous scientific articles for journals and newspapers. He lives in Amherstburg, Ontario.

Bibliographic Details

Christel Weiss Brandenburg with Daniel R. Laing
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1615-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0686-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“engaging…recommended…powerful”—Colorado Libraries.