The true story of a woman's incredible journey into the heart of the Third Reich to find the man she loves.
When the Gestapo seize 20-year-old Olga Czepf's fiance she is determined to find him and sets off on an extraordinary 2,000-mile search across Nazi-occupied Europe risking betrayal, arrest and death.
As the Second World War heads towards its bloody climax, she refuses to give up - even when her mission leads her to the gates of Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps...Now 88 and living in London, Olga tells with remarkable clarity of the courage and determination that drove her across war-torn Europe, to find the man she loved.
The greatest untold true love story of World War Two.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 280 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Splendid Books Limited
- Publication Date: 05/10/2009
- Category: True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
- ISBN: 9780955891670
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Review by SmithSJ01
Once I'd passed the introduction to her life and moved onto the crux of the tale I was hooked. That may make me sound heartless considering the tragedy behind the story of their love but I read this book to find out about the lengths she went to, to be with her husband rather than reading it for the knowledge about World War II. Really well written and easy to visualise the journies she took, it is a book I'd recommend. It is hard to believe it is a true story and not fiction because I can't imagine how she found the motivation to go to the effort she did for a man she actually hardly knew, even though he was her husband.
Review by Sarah_Gruwell
I first found out about this book through a WWII historical fiction list on GoodReads. Yet, after finishing, this book reads more as a moving memoir of survival and rescue than anything else. It’s not written nor formatted as a historical fiction to my eyes at all. So keep that in mind if you’re looking to dive into this one.Now Olga’s journey across war-torn Eastern and Central Europe was engrossing. She experienced some horrifying events and conditions, all in the name of love for Julius or family. In places, she seems to have only survived due to luck or just by the skin of her teeth. Some of the places her journey took her to were just jaw-dropping, especially the camp of Dachau. It really brought it home some of the events she experienced, how topsy-turvy and chaotic Europe was at that timeframe.Olga herself was resourceful in getting out of some of her experiences, and I found myself more and more drawn into her story as the book progressed. There were times where I question her thought processes or actions, but I’m not sure I’m really one to judge that since I wasn't there. Either way, reading about her struggle to find out the fate of the man she loved kept me spellbound. Even after finding him, life wasn't kittens and rainbows. The end of the memoir is just as astounding event-wise as the rest of Olga’s WWII experience.If you’re looking for a unique and engaging WWII memoir, I’d recommend this one. It tells the story of an amazing and resourceful woman who wouldn't let a little thing like a world war get in the way of love. But if you’re looking for a historical fiction, try another selection as this isn't fictional. Still an amazing book all around.