Coming of Age in Post-War Germany

by Gunter Nitsch



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/28/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 444
ISBN : 9781452079271
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 444
ISBN : 9781452079288
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 444
ISBN : 9781452079295

About the Book

In the aftermath of World War II, the author was among those relocated in what may have been the largest forced resettlement of a population in modern history — the expulsion of at least twelve million people from the former German provinces of East Prussia, Silesia, and Pomerania, as well as from German enclaves in Eastern Europe. As a result, West Germany's population swelled with the arrival of millions of refugees. With housing already scarce, jobs hard to come by, and religious differences often setting them apart, the newcomers were not always welcomed with open arms.

     STRETCH recounts the thirteen eventful years in the author's life following his reunion with his father in Cologne, West Germany, in 1950. With both humor and suspense, STRETCH provides a fascinating glimpse into German life during a period when the country was experiencing a transformative economic recovery, but also at times struggling to confront the shadow of its recent Nazi past.

About the Author

Gunter Nitsch was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, in December 1937.  By the time he was reunited with his father at the age of thirteen, he had lived in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and in both the Soviet-Occupied Zone and the British-Occupied Zone in Germany.  After he came to the United States in 1964, he obtained a Bachelors degree from Hunter College and an MBA from Pace University while studying at night.  For most of his professional life, he worked as a marketing consultant to American and German firms at the German American Chamber of Commerce, followed by eight years at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG in New York City.  Since his retirement he has devoted his time to writing.  He and his wife live in Chicago, Illinois.