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Spanning nearly 30 years, this is the story of Lissi Hunger. Growing up as a child in depression era Germany and living through World War II and its aftermath, her tenacity, strength and resilience helped her survive. Based on Lissi’s stoic, brief account of her life, The Hunger Girl reveals the misery, hardship and poverty of growing up in a small village in war-ravaged G Spanning nearly 30 years, this is the story of Lissi Hunger. Growing up as a child in depression era Germany and living through World War II and its aftermath, her tenacity, strength and resilience helped her survive. Based on Lissi’s stoic, brief account of her life, The Hunger Girl reveals the misery, hardship and poverty of growing up in a small village in war-ravaged Germany under the domination of Hitler’s regime. It is also the story of a mother’s love for her children and a determination to keep looking forward to a better life, despite all odds. From Soviet-occupied Mittelbach, near Chemnitz, Lissi eventually escapes to Paderborn in West Germany – but what price will she have to pay? ‘Hunger by name, hunger by nature’, as Lissi’s despicable Aunt Elvira, her mother Lene’s eldest sister would say whenever she had the chance. Lene, the main breadwinner of the pathetically poor Hunger family, worked sixteen hours a day to earn a few Groschen to feed her five children. Amongst that misery, a new star was about to alight Germany, and bring the country back to its’ former glory. Herr Hitler and his Brown Shirts promised the Thousand Year Reich. But what a price would the Nazi regime elicit from the German people? Lissi, nineteen and the epitome of a pure and beautiful Aryan girl, was marrying the stern Nazi Herbert Steinbach, whom she only met a few months previous, and who may even have given her Gonorrhea as a wedding present. The alternative however, was to be enlisted into Herr Himmler’s School of Brides in Leipzig, to be a Hitler whore and spew out babies for the Reich. And that was a choice Lissi would never make, ever! Despite the dislike for her Nazi-loving and brutal husband, she was about to give birth to her second child in the worst of circumstances. Bernd was born in an air raid shelter with Allied bombs falling all around her and surrounded by strangers, with only her beloved sister Hertha and Lissi’s very frightened and disturbed four-year-old daughter Monika on hand to assist. Bernd and Monika were Lissi’s everything, for which she paid the heavy price of rape by Russian soldiers, and the loss of her only son to the man she hated even more than Hitler. The experience pushed Lissi to undertake the only solution she could see, to leave the Soviet ruled East Germany, and escape to the Allied occupied West. Leaving all she had known and loved, Lissi would soon realise the West had not escaped the destruction of the war. Would she ever manage to start a new life, carrying the baggage of her past and knowing that she could never return to Mittelbach? The events presented in each of the chapters are true events, taken from Lissi's biography and woven into an exciting, emotional and often heart-stopping novel you won't be able to put down.


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Spanning nearly 30 years, this is the story of Lissi Hunger. Growing up as a child in depression era Germany and living through World War II and its aftermath, her tenacity, strength and resilience helped her survive. Based on Lissi’s stoic, brief account of her life, The Hunger Girl reveals the misery, hardship and poverty of growing up in a small village in war-ravaged G Spanning nearly 30 years, this is the story of Lissi Hunger. Growing up as a child in depression era Germany and living through World War II and its aftermath, her tenacity, strength and resilience helped her survive. Based on Lissi’s stoic, brief account of her life, The Hunger Girl reveals the misery, hardship and poverty of growing up in a small village in war-ravaged Germany under the domination of Hitler’s regime. It is also the story of a mother’s love for her children and a determination to keep looking forward to a better life, despite all odds. From Soviet-occupied Mittelbach, near Chemnitz, Lissi eventually escapes to Paderborn in West Germany – but what price will she have to pay? ‘Hunger by name, hunger by nature’, as Lissi’s despicable Aunt Elvira, her mother Lene’s eldest sister would say whenever she had the chance. Lene, the main breadwinner of the pathetically poor Hunger family, worked sixteen hours a day to earn a few Groschen to feed her five children. Amongst that misery, a new star was about to alight Germany, and bring the country back to its’ former glory. Herr Hitler and his Brown Shirts promised the Thousand Year Reich. But what a price would the Nazi regime elicit from the German people? Lissi, nineteen and the epitome of a pure and beautiful Aryan girl, was marrying the stern Nazi Herbert Steinbach, whom she only met a few months previous, and who may even have given her Gonorrhea as a wedding present. The alternative however, was to be enlisted into Herr Himmler’s School of Brides in Leipzig, to be a Hitler whore and spew out babies for the Reich. And that was a choice Lissi would never make, ever! Despite the dislike for her Nazi-loving and brutal husband, she was about to give birth to her second child in the worst of circumstances. Bernd was born in an air raid shelter with Allied bombs falling all around her and surrounded by strangers, with only her beloved sister Hertha and Lissi’s very frightened and disturbed four-year-old daughter Monika on hand to assist. Bernd and Monika were Lissi’s everything, for which she paid the heavy price of rape by Russian soldiers, and the loss of her only son to the man she hated even more than Hitler. The experience pushed Lissi to undertake the only solution she could see, to leave the Soviet ruled East Germany, and escape to the Allied occupied West. Leaving all she had known and loved, Lissi would soon realise the West had not escaped the destruction of the war. Would she ever manage to start a new life, carrying the baggage of her past and knowing that she could never return to Mittelbach? The events presented in each of the chapters are true events, taken from Lissi's biography and woven into an exciting, emotional and often heart-stopping novel you won't be able to put down.

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