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FREE READ ✓ Überleben Ú Entombed following a bombing raid at the close of World War II three children struggle to surviveOn Gisel's 16th birthday her world like the war effort begins to crumble Her father is away serving in the German army when the advancing Allies force the rest of the family to flee their home Gisel her younger brothers and their pregDult communication is with a dying soldier buried on the other side of the wall who offers guidance on how to surviveTold as a grandmothers birthday gift to her 16 year old granddaughter Dark Hours is a suspenseful and dramatic novel about the injustice of war its impact on ordinary people and the hope that resonates in the human sou. Rating 4 out of 5 starsI read Dark Hours by Gudrun Pausewang for my SRP project In this fiction the author is telling the story of her own 16th birthday to her granddaughter Trying to inspire the granddaughter the book really conveys courage and responsibility as well as despair and fear Dark Hours tells the story of a family in Germany 1945 that becomes separated through the chaos of trying to evacuate their hometown A 16 year old girl is left in charge of her 3 younger brothers at a train station while their mom and grandma try to find tickets and seats on the train to the safe zone Dredsen The girl Gisel and her 3 brothers Erwin Harald and Rolfi are waiting when an air raid siren sounds and Gisel rushes into a bathroom with her brothers and a lost 7 year old girl Lotte for cover That's when the bombs strike trapping them for hours Just outside the bathroom they are trapped in a wounded soldier lay dying The soldier gives advice to Gisel on how to survive and keep the little ones alive too My stomach is knotted with hunger I uickly zip up the bag We might be down here for a week Or even longer Pausewang 143 My opinion on the novel is uite simple It would take a lot of perseverance and courage for anyone to survive and ration their food under the conditions that the kids went through I am also amazed that this is a true story based on the author's 16th birthday I could never imagine staying in a closed off bathroom for that long after an air raid The book is very well written throughout its entirety and I definitely would recommend it any interested teens or young adults


Mother board a crowded train But when their mother goes into labor the children are separated from her at the next stationBefore they know what's happening an air raid siren sounds and Gisel barely manages to hustle her siblings into a trackside bathroom When the bombs hit the children are trapped As they await rescue Gisel's only a. The story is told in Gisel's point of view and it's an interesting one She tells you how her life was when the war was going good for Germany and then how it started turning against them you can feel her bitterness towards the war Actually you can feel it towards everybody in this book as now since the tide has turned freuent visits to the air raid shelters are all over Germany and talk against Hitler and the German government is also starting to rise The idea of leaving all that she loved behind and having to take care of all her siblings all younger than her just enhances her bitterness towards the war However throughout the book I admire Gisel's strength and courage when they were stuck beneath the rubble waiting to be rescued She does get impatient several times as any other older sibling would do when they're stuck with their younger ones Gisel especially gets annoyed with Lotte who's a spoiled brat I think it adds realism to her character and rounds her out very well I think her courage stemmed off from her brother Erwin who is a few years younger but acts very mature and helps Gisel when needed I liked him as he provided the extra strength she needed to keep being positive and to survive The other part is the solder who is also stuck underneath the rubble but is able to communicate to them with a pipe he was on the other side of the wall He provides Gisel with advice and also advises her to make as much noise as possible in the hopes of being heard and rescued uickly What I liked most about the book is Gisel's ability to pull everybody together and to maintain a positive outlook while in times of duress For someone who has barely just turned sixteen she ages and matures uickly and you can actually hear her voice growing olderThere is no real plot in this book which may be a deterrent to some readers The majority of the book takes place underneath the rubble and all you really read are Gisel's thoughts It may or may not draw readers in so perhaps I would only recommend this book for World War II buffs Otherwise for those who aren't it certainly is worth a try It's a little over 200 pages so it should be a breeze for the majority of readers out thereOverall an interesting account of someone who is on the other side of war Albeit with no real plot it's certainly worth a look see

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ÜberlebenEntombed following a bombing raid at the close of World War II three children struggle to surviveOn Gisel's 16th birthday her world like the war effort begins to crumble Her father is away serving in the German army when the advancing Allies force the rest of the family to flee their home Gisel her younger brothers and their pregnant. I'd have given this book 5 stars except for one thing The story is told from the point of view of a German girl living with her family in Silesia Poland during World War II When the Russians begin to invade and drive out the Germans Gisel and her family must flee back to Germany On their way to Dresden she and her brothers are separated from their mother and grandmother and end up trapped in a bombed out air raid shelter Now in the story she tells of being in the Nazi Youth and of her parents' loyalty to Hitler Given that in one place the author has Gisel thinking about the British Russians and Americans not as enemies but as victims just like her and in another place she has Gisel thinking that though the Allies have done awful things to the Germans the Germans have done just as many terrible things to the enemies Somehow those two interjections just didn't flow with the rest of the story and seemed to be placed there to create a balanced view of the war I don't think a child who had been brought up in such a home would have thought of those things Pausewang did include an introduction giving background information on the war and stating her view that the Germans should never have allowed Hitler to have that much power I think the introduction should have sufficed Aside from that the story was very suspenseful I really couldn't put it down I particularly liked how the author framed the story between two letters and told what happened to the characters after the story ended An excellent translation by John Brownjohn highly recommended for another view of World War II