War Children

A Memoir

by Michael Tradowsky



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/12/2012

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 450
ISBN : 9781475954272
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 450
ISBN : 9781475954258
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 450
ISBN : 9781475954265

About the Book

In Berlin in 1939, Michael Tradowsky celebrated his fourth birthday with his parents by helping his father tack up blackout paper over their windows. Germany was at war. For the next six years, the Tradowsky family endured the nightmare of the German home front.

Intense and powerful, War Children shares the incredible saga of an ordinary German family during World War II. Looking back from the vantage of seventy years, Michael’s memoir directly confronts how his childhood experiences, despite his parents’ attempt to give him a normal upbringing, were shaped by an epoch of rampant evil under Hitler.

Michael shares how each member of his family had his or her own way of fighting against the regime. His courageous and outspoken aristocratic mother was determined to protect her son from Nazi brainwashing and sacrificed everything but her love and honor to keep her children alive. His father, a promising theater director, rubbed shoulders with the great entertainers of the time—until his refusal to join the Nazi Party destroyed his aspirations. But perhaps Michael’s love for his baby sister exemplifies the tragedy of a childhood spent in war, for her very life depended on him carrying her to the bomb shelter.

From winding roads twisting through the tall pines of the Black Forest to trucks crammed with refugees, War Children offers a sobering testimony for children victimized by war, past and present.

About the Author

Born in Berlin in 1935, Michael Tradowsky lived through World War II as a child and immigrated to the United States in 1958. He taught dentistry at Case Western Reserve University and earned a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. Tradowsky lives on a farm in Ohio with his wife and sculpts bronzes in his foundry.