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When the War Is Over

Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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During the last months of a brutal war, a 16-year-old boy must fight for survival.

The true account of a teenage soldier in World War II Germany.

Germany, 1945. Ever since Anton Kohler first heard the vibrant sound of the violin, he's dreamed of mastering the instrument. But when his father dies, the 15-year-old must give up his passion to support his seven younger siblings. As the Russian army marches closer to his hometown, Anton and his best friend Gerhard are pulled from their families and forced to help defend their home in a last desperate stand. 

When Anton witnesses the slaughter of concentration camp prisoners, he vows to escape the war and find a way home to his family and his girl, Luise. In the chaos of impending defeat, Anton is torn between his promise to protect the life of his best friend and his desire to survive the war with his conscience intact. 

Based on a true account, this coming-of-age story set in the last turbulent months of World War II Germany, is a tale of love and friendship, of hope and loss. Listen to When the War is Over now to experience the poignant journey of a teenage soldier.

©2018 Anja May (P)2019 Tantor

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From a boy just turned 16 years old

The nazis sent very young men out to fight last few months of war. All these boys lived at home with their mother. This man-child grew up way too fast. Never read a book from a young Nazi soldier point of view
They were not all killing machines Very good personal story of what he went thru. Also so glad the narration was American English so I never had to replay parts to understand what they were saying. But I do love British French German accents but the listening was made easier this time