The Chemist’s Packet
It began when I was only six, but my terror as Russian troops advanced on our home can still be starkly evoked by certain references to the Second World War. That terror became nearly unbearable when I learned that my mother had a small packet of poison hidden in her purse and was determined to kill us rather than have us fall into Russian hands. This book describes how she uses determination and ingenuity to survive the involuntary separation from my father during the hazardous flight from our centuries-old German settlement in what had become Rumania, her resourcefulness in achieving a precarious survival in Austria during the final months of the war and our marginal existence in a displaced persons’ camp amidst the ruin of an inhospitable post-war Germany. It is the true story of a scattered family that is gradually reunited to persevere against unlikely odds.
While moral issues regarding the war are explored, this work is primarily an account of my parents’ courage as they fought for our survival during desperate times. It also depicts our frequently frustrating, often humorous and ultimately successful struggles as new immigrants to the United States.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 251 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 09, 2019)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs