A sweeping story of a Romanian family’s miraculous survival of WWII, becoming refugees, fleeing communism, starving after the war, and coming to the USA to live the American Dream.
Life in rural Romania was full of promise for the young Maroscher family. Gustav loved teaching and Helene was busy raising two boys and managing their small farm.
WWII changed everything. In September, 1944, Gustav was on the front when the Russians broke through. Knowing their army’s reputation for brutality, Helene fled with her sons to her sister’s house in Weimar, Germany.
During the three-week train trip they faced hardships, including numerous air attacks. Helene transformed from a shy young mother into a lioness, “negotiating” with a Nazi refugee camp director, pistol pointed at his head, to save her younger son. They faced frequent bombing raids until the end of the war.
Conditions under American occupation were tolerable, but worsened when the Russians replaced the Americans. Gustav became a POW. He was released in poor health and returned home, only to face certain arrest and a slave labor camp in Russia. He was saved by a Jewish friend, now the communist police commissioner, whom Gustav had helped years before, at considerable danger to himself. Eventually his friend could protect him no longer, and Gustav fled to the West.
Hoping to reunite the family, Helene and her sons made a dangerous nighttime border crossing from communist East Germany to the West. After being reunited in West Germany they faced more deprivation and hunger. The family immigrated to the USA and embraced the freedoms and opportunities of America. Through diligent work and study, Gustav became an engineer who worked on the Moon Shot. Helene also worked hard, raised her sons, and became an independent business woman after Gustav’s death.
Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is a poignant, moving, and inspirational historical biography book that will take readers on a thought-provoking journey while entertaining/informing them at the same time. Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is written by author Gerhard Maroscher and Gerhard throughout Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? will take his readers on a journey like no other. Full of harsh realities of the past, poignant moments and so much more and it makes for an enlightening, captivating read that should not be missed by anybody! That is why I already have to recommend this book to you lovely readers! However, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about the moving Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here?
Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? Is a poignant and moving historical biography written by Gerhard Maroscher and will introduce the reader to the Maroscher family and take the reader back to WWII. It is here that the reader will follow the family but focuses on Gustav. Gustav, from Romania, was a teacher and his wife Helene was a housewife raising two sons while they managed their small farm. However, life changed drastically for the pairing when WWII came about. The two were separated, Helene had to flee to her sister’s house in Germany while Gustav was on the front.
During this time both parties ensured horrific events, many hardships, and air attacks. However, their story is a moving and poignant one that will take you through a full host of emotions and should definitely not be missed book lovers!
I adore historical biographies and I certainly adore Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? Thanks to its story and the magnificent insight the reader is given into a courageous family. I adore biographies because they give the reader insight into a person’s fascinating life and when the reader is granted this insight the reader can learn so much from their story, and many readers will be able to learn a lot from the Maroscher’s family story in Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here?.
The reader in Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? will be whisked away on a terrifying but also moving and inspiring journey and Gerhard Maroscher is so brilliantly descriptive about what happened that the reader will feel as if they are right there next to them, experiencing every moment they do. The reader, thanks to the author’s impeccable descriptions will feel as if they are right there in the 1940s and it made for an insightful read that should not be missed.
The profoundness in Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is epic, and many readers will feel a host of different emotions while reading this book. Gerhard effortlessly inspires thoughts and feelings in his readers as well as compel them to read from beginning to end. I found myself reading Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as engrossing; Gerhard’s incredible literature will have you turning the pages frantically, and I adored how he was able to do this.
Gerhard Maroscher is a remarkable person for two reasons; the first is because he is honest and brave to write his family’s story, and the second is because he is an exceptionally talented author. Gerhard’s excellent writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop.
To conclude, Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is an insightful, informative, inspiring book and I would say if you are a reader who is interested in the topics explored in Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here?, then this book is for you, and so Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? gets five stars from me!
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