Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom

Walled In A West Berlin Girl s Journey to Freedom In this true story two obstacles threaten the freedom and autonomy of a young girl born and raised in postwar Berlin The Berlin Wall and the harsh rules her uncompromising parents impose J Elke Ertle

  • Title: Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom
  • Author: J. Elke Ertle
  • ISBN: 9780988406117
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this true story, two obstacles threaten the freedom and autonomy of a young girl born and raised in postwar Berlin The Berlin Wall and the harsh rules her uncompromising parents impose J Elke Ertle recounts the mounting East West tension that lead to the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Airlift, and the construction of the Berlin Wall The brick and mortar monstrosity isIn this true story, two obstacles threaten the freedom and autonomy of a young girl born and raised in postwar Berlin The Berlin Wall and the harsh rules her uncompromising parents impose J Elke Ertle recounts the mounting East West tension that lead to the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Airlift, and the construction of the Berlin Wall The brick and mortar monstrosity is not the only barrier Elke comes to know intimately As an only child, she is brought up to unquestioning obedience When she rebels, the ensuing parent daughter conflict parallels the Cold War Elke finds herself incarcerated behind walls as impenetrable as the one that divides her city On her 21st birthday, a startling revelation strengthens her determination to immigrate to the United States Weaving history with personal experiences, Elke takes the reader on a remarkable journey into her closely supervised childhood, her youthful disillusionment, and her deliberate, albeit difficult, decision to choose freedom.

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    One thought on “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom

    1. Lisa Kearns

      I was provided a copy of Walled In: A West Berlin Girl's Journey To Freedom in exchange for reviewing it. I was interested in this book because I born while my father was stationed in the Army in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up during the Cold War.Elke Ertle has written a wonderful, riveting book about what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Most people my age remember Ronald Reagan saying "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" and they remember reading about tunnels people [...]

    2. Pamela

      Typically when one thinks of Germany in relation to WWII and the Cold War, what comes to mind is: Hitler’s tyrannical reign, brutal concentration camps, Aryan purification genocide, war crime tribunals, and the Berlin Wall. None of which evoke compassionate thoughts. But what about the average German citizen that had nothing to do with Hitler or Nazism or war or genocide? They too were brutalized by Hitler’s war machine, suffering great physical, mental, economic, and mortal losses. And in t [...]

    3. Nicole Means

      “Walled In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom” by Jutta Elke Ertle opens with a grave setting—post WWII Germany and the unknown future of Berlin. Ertle describes the uncertainty she felt growing up in this tense climate and vividly depicts historical events like the Berlin Airlift and the lengths people took to escape life under a Communist regime. The author uses this backdrop to create her story. I was extremely interested in her narrative during the first few chapters as she str [...]

    4. Laurel-Rain

      Tyranny takes many forms, from the restrictions of freedom imposed by governments to the familial constraints that markedly prevent an individual’s personal growth.Growing up in post-war Germany, the author shows the reader what her world looked like, both at home and on the larger canvas that was her life within Berlin after the building of the Wall."Walled-In" reveals much about the young woman’s pursuit of individual freedom, and as I read about her personal struggles and the family dynam [...]

    5. Loretta

      It was an interesting viewpoint of the tumultuous years after WW II in West Berlin. The author compares her life under restrictive parents to the Berlin Wall. I am eager to hear the author speak to our group in a couple of days.

    6. Sydney

      3.75 stars. Elke was not only "Walled-In Berlin", but "Walled-In her home " with her parents and not allowed to develop her individuality.

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