A Memoir in Letters

My Life on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain

by Hadwig Gofferje



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/2/2005

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Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9780595790401
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9780595342716

About the Book

A Memoir in Letters: My Life on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain is the touching autobiography that first chronicles the young life of German-born Hadwig Gofferje, born during World War II, then living under communist rule. She describes her journey to freedom, complete with an American university education, and a new life in the United States.

During her war-torn childhood in Germany, Hadwig lived in her own world, where she occupied herself for hours with drawing and playing with her dolls and imaginary friends. But at night, she endured many terrifying bombing raids by the Allied Forces in her family's basement bomb shelter. In 1945, after packing one carefully-chosen favorite toy in her suitcase, Hadwig and her family fled the approaching Russian Red Army and immigrated to a small village in Thuringia. Hadwig describes not a peaceful beginning to her life, but a life in which actions and choices were incredibly influenced by World War II and the division of Germany. Eventually moving, without her parents, to West Germany and later to the United States, Hadwig receives the university education that changes her life forever.

In this remarkable personal narrative, Hadwig Gofferje describes how she was able to escape oppression and seek freedom, ultimately achieving personal peace, inner-strength, and a greater understanding of the world around her.

About the Author

Hadwig Gofferje, born in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, grew up in what later became the German Democratic Republic. She received a PhD in Chemistry from MIT, and settled in the Boston area, where she still lives today.