From the Oder to the Bitterroot : memories of an uncommon life / Werner H. Will.

Author
Will, Werner H., 1931- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
First edition.
Published/​Created
Missoula, Montana : Werner Will, [2011]
Description
xvi, 321 pages : map, portraits ; 22 cm

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"The book chronicles the true-life adventure of a man who refused to play the hand that fate dealt him, forging a life of his own instead. Born into a poor family of intinerant farmers in an eastern province of Germany, Werner Will grew up knowing only what the Third Reich had taught him. After experiencing first-hand the onslaught of the conquering Russian army, he and his family were forcible moved from their now-Polish home and relocated across the Oder River to East Germany. But life in the communist East varied little from that of Nazi Germany and Mr. Will undertook a daring escape to the West, settling in rural Luxembourg. Wanting to be more than a hired man like his father, he turned west again, crossing the ocean to a new world--and a new life--in the United States. With the help of American Mennonites, he worked his way up from a farm hand without a high school education to earning a Ph. D. in German literature and a tenured university position. Along the way, he acquired a loving wife, four children and four grandchildren. After retirement, Mr. Will and his wife moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana--from whence the book gets its name"--Back cover.
ISBN
  • 9780615514635 ((paperback))
  • 0615514634 ((paperback))
LCCN
2013474582
OCLC
955267975
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