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Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival

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MARINA DUTZMANN KIRSCH is the daughter of the protagonists, Rolf and Lilo. On the brink of their odyssey to the New World in 1951, she was born into the postwar Old World in Zurich, Switzerland. Graphic designer by profession, and now a speaker for her WWII family story and an officer of a local chapter of Toastmasters International, she resides with her husband in southern New Hampshire. Read more at

Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival

Authored by Marina Dutzmann Kirsch

Now an Award-Winning Finalist in the Non-Fiction: Narrative category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Obtain a free 40-page excerpt on

Against the backdrop of World War II tragedy and devastation in Latvia, Poland and Germany and three decades of European history, this true narrative provides a window into the palpitating heart of wartime upheaval through the lives of Rolf Dutzmann and Lilo Wassull-two people fatefully positioned "on the other side."

In December of 1939, swept along on a tide of dire necessity and circumstance due to the imminent Soviet takeover of his homeland, Rolf, a young Latvian aeronautical engineering student, flees with his family to Germany, a country fully under Hitler's control and already engaged in a brutal war. While the account chronicles Rolf's pursuit of his technical dream against daunting wartime odds, it is first and foremost a poignant love story that plays out against a panorama of worldwide chaos and destruction. It is also a story of the seen and unseen forces that coalesce to keep Rolf and Lilo alive after they meet in 1940 Berlin, leading them through a chain of cataclysmic events including Rolf's draft into the Luftwaffe and his father's assignment as chief inspector of V-2 rocket production; the bombing of Berlin; the destruction of their homes; their numerous desperate, cross-country escapes from the bombing, the advancing Soviet troops from the east, and other Allied forces from the west; the POW camp hardships; and the deprivation of the postwar years.

Despite the immeasurable evil, suffering and desolation of World War II, a synchronistic chain of events provides an uplifting reminder that love and hope may take wing even out of the ashes of life's most terrifying adversities.

Publication Date:
0983565341 / 9780983565345
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.44" x 9.69"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Europe / Germany

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