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The Inner War

By: Gerda Hartwich Robinson
Narrated by: Susannah Tyrrell
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It is sometimes difficult to remember that in war there are innocents on all sides who suffer. German citizens who had no connection to the atrocities committed by their countrymen nonetheless endured great hardships because of them.

In The Inner War, author Gerda Hartwich Robinson narrates her story as a German survivor of World War II. She tells how her life's journey included hunger, fear, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse and how she carried these injustices in her mind and body for many years, leading to debilitating back pain, headaches, panic attacks, depression, and feelings of inadequacy. In this touching memoir, Robinson shows that the tragedies of war don't end when the last bomb is dropped or the last prisoner freed; they continue in subtle but devastating ways.

Like many German citizens during and after the war, Robinson was simply trying to survive a terrifying situation she had nothing to do with. She describes how her spirit was devastated by hopelessness and how she entertained thoughts of suicide. The Inner War shares lessons she learned at a chronic pain rehabilitation center that allowed her to start on a path to peace and love.

©2013 Gerda Hartwich Robinson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Cry Me a River…

It is hard to feel an ounce of compassion for the author when she bellyaching about how “horrible” her life continues to be after WWII.
Yes, she was only born in Germany during the war, but her lack of awareness to the suffering that occurred not only when she was a child, but as an adult, is just simply awful. For every Jewish life that was lost, that would have traded a concentration camp uniform for a maid’s uniform in a heartbeat, this book should never have been written, let alone published.
Her lack of humility is truly astounding.

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White immigrants suffer too

As a brown Hispanic man having lived the immigrant’s story in the US, it’s fascinating to hear a white immigrant go through similar self-imposed shame over not feeling worthy to be an American.

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Love, Love, Love

Had no idea what the book was about when I began other than thinking “it’s a WWII novel.”

Well, it’s so much more & then some…it’s a book for the heart, mind & soul.

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