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American shoes : a refugee's story

Summary: "Set against a backdrop of Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the reign of Nazi Germany, and the entire course of World War II in Europe, American Shoes recounts the tumultuous childhood of a young American girl and her family trapped within a country that turned against itself, where human decency eroded and then vaporized. Forced to grow up in the midst of endemic fear stoked by a ravenous madman, American Shoes portrays the breakdown of a society from a child's point of view, deep inside a land where millions of law-abiding citizens were targeted as threats, and then removed for extermination. This is the story of a brave girl who, despite not being Jewish, was perceived to be one of those threats and was compelled to keep her American identity secret for fear of her family's arrest, concentration camp placement, or worse. Fighting to see through a relentless barrage of Nazi lies and propaganda, caught within a nation where resistance or opposition meant incarceration if not certain death, American Shoes illuminates one family's struggle to survive against impossible odds as a cataclysmic world war marched closer and closer until it was upon them. Vividly told for the first time after seven decades of a family's collective silence, American Shoes reveals the story of a brave and spirited young girl named Rosel who refused to accept the new order of a world gone mad, inside a society that became more sinister and macabre than any childhood nightmare could ever be. Driven by the faint memories of the land where she was born-a hazy beacon that guided her toward freedom and a new life-this is the story of Rosemarie Lengsfeld Turke"--

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  • ISBN: 9781582708522
  • ISBN: 1582708525
  • Physical Description: print
    xi, 339 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Beyond Words hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Beyond Words, 2022.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+ Beyond Words
Subject: Turke, Rosemarie Lengsfeld 1930- Childhood and youth
Turke, Rosemarie Lengsfeld 1930- Family
Marine Flasher (Ship)
World War, 1939-1945 Germany Personal narratives, American
National socialism Social aspects
World War, 1939-1945 Children Poland Wrocław Biography
World War, 1939-1945 Refugees Germany
Refugees United States History 20th century
Wrocław (Poland) Biography
Genre: Personal narratives.
Young adult literature.

Available copies

  • 7 of 8 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


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