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Book Title: Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany|
The author of the book: Eleanor Ramrath Garner
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Edition: Peachtree Publishers
Date of issue: August 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781561452965
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.11 MB
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A COMPELLING AND EVOCATIVE story that immerses readers in the daily struggles of surviving World War II. Eleanor's Story is the dramatic autobiography of Eleanor Ramrath Garner's youth, growing up as an American caught in World War II Berlin. It's a story of trying to maintain stability, hope, and identity in a world of terror and contrasts. During the Great Depression, when she is nine, Eleanor's family moves from her beloved America to Germany, where her father has been offered a good job. But war breaks out as her family is crossing the Atlantic, and they cannot return to the United States. Eleanor tries to maintain her American identity as she feels herself pulled into the turbulent life roiling around her. She fervently hopes for an Allied victory, yet for years she must try to survive the Allied bombs shattering her neighborhood. Her family faces separations, bombings, hunger, the final fierce battle for Berlin, the Russian invasion, and the terrors of Soviet occupancy. This compelling story immerses us in the daily struggles of surviving World War II as a civilian. It puts a very human face on the horrors of war and helps us understand that each casualty of war is a person, not a number.
Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 8/1/2003 Pages: 224 Reading Level: Age 11 and Up
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Read information about the authorEleanor Ramrath Garner, author of Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitlers Germany, is a Boston University graduate and retired editor. A longtime student of Jungian psychology, Eleanor has written fiction and nonfiction articles on religion and psychology and has exhibited her artwork.
Garners presentations, which focus on the Holocaust and other WWII issues, include Practices for Teaching Memoirs in the Classroom Reading Real Life Survivor Stories as a Rich Source of Learning, where the author suggests ways for students to integrate a memoir into their own lives, to encourage reflective critical thinking, and to better understand history. The Anatomy of a Memoir: How Eleanor's Story Was Written, is a presentation about how Garner accessed memories and kept the authentic voice of a child, while still allowing reflections of an older woman's point of view to come through in the text.
Excerpts from her journal help illustrate the awesome process of self-discovery and the difficulties and triumphs in writing an authentic memoir. Elements of discussion also include making a story jump alive, by using active verbs, sound words, metaphors and figurative speech and dialogue. Children in War: A Human Rights Tragedy, is another discussion about how children were affected by Hitlers regime in World War II, comparing their experiences to today's conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Garner also has a specific program for teachers Facing History: Stories of the Past that Inform the Present and the Future.
Garner lives in San Diego, California.
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