Summer of Russians

How I experienced the liberation from the Nazi regime

Original Title: Russensommer

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 224 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10311-1
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 27.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: October 17, 2016
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Cornelia  Schmalz-Jacobsen - Summer of Russians


A very personal account of the summer of 1945

The summer of 1945 has burned itself deep into Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen's memory. She was ten years old at the time and staying by the Baltic Sea with relatives. For her it was a relief when the Russians marched in: at last the war, with the nights of bombs falling on Berlin, was over; the SS and the Gestapo were no longer a threat. The burden of all the years of having to keep quiet about the political convictions of her parents – they were active anti-Nazis – fell from her shoulders.

Above all, it was her friendship with three young Red Army soldiers that made this summer unforgettable for her. Even though her memories of this time are largely positive, the dark moments by no means remained unnoticed, and she reports on how the women were terrified of the soldiers; of prisoners of war; of SS people going into hiding; and whole families committing suicide after the end of the Nazi regime.


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