The Heider family huddles together in the basement, wondering if this is the last day they will be together, if this is the last day of their lives. It s Munich, Germany, in 1945, the day American tanks are rolling in. Anneliese s father finds a white sheet, ready to hang it from the attic window, hoping he times it right. Too early, and German SS forces could open fire. Too late, and the Allied forces could shoot. Thank god, it s not the Russians. And so begins the memoir of Anneliese Heider Tisdale, who grew up in Germany during World War II. Hers is a universal and timeless tale of war and death, of fear and deprivation, of the inventiveness of children who want to dance and wear new clothes but instead have childhoods filled with bandages and bombs, who return to school one fall to find the crucifix in their classroom replaced with a picture of the FA¼hrer.I proudly showed my finds to Mama, who checked the mushrooms to make sure they were the edible kind. The day ... It was not permitted, though, to cut down trees or cut off branches from living trees. ... Before using this homemade toilet paper, however, it was necessary to crumple each sheet several times, to soften it .
|Title||:||Christmas Trees Lit the Sky|
|Author||:||Anneliese Heider Tisdale|
|Publisher||:||AuthorHouse - 2012-09-29|