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  1. NSquirrel

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    German Boy: A Child in War
    by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel
    From goodreads.com

    As the Third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans scrambled to flee the advancing Russian troops. Among them was a little boy named Wolfgang Samuel, who left his home with his mother and sister and ended up in war-torn Strasbourg before being forced farther west into a disease-ridden refugee camp. German Boy is the vivid, true story of their fight for survival as the tables of power turned and, for reasons Wolfgang was too young to understand, his broken family suffered arbitrary arrest, rape, hunger, and constant fear.

    Because his father was off fighting the war as a Luftwaffe officer, young Wolfgang was forced to become the head of his household, scavenging for provisions and scraps with which to feed his family. Despite his best efforts, his mother still found herself forced to do the unthinkable to survive, and her sacrifices became Wolfgang's worst nightmares. Somehow, with the resilience only children can muster, he maintained his youth and innocence in little ways–making friends with other young refugees, playing games with shrapnel, delighting in the planes flown by the Americans and the candies the GIs brought. In the end, the Samuels begin life anew in America, and Wolfgang eventually goes on to a thirty-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

    Bringing fresh insight to the dark history of Nazi Germany and the horror left in its wake, German Boy records the valuable recollections of an innocent's incredible journey.

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    A really interesting biographical account of a very difficult time in history, but then history has a habit if repeating itself with all the refugees we see today.
     
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    Avengers of the Moon, by Allen Steele
     
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    Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis


    A very good read for both EU and non-EU readers.


    Both being ‘Remainers’ in the UK (in the referendum we voted for and wanted to remain in the EU) we were interested in extracts of this book we found in one of our newspapers. I have little first hand knowledge of Greece (as I last travelled around it, as a youngster, in 1967 and we left along a road lined with army vehicles, not knowing that that day or the next would be the coup by the generals) but I thought that it would provide an interesting insight into the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Hence I bought an electronic copy for my wife’s birthday and we have since both read it with increasing incredulity; not of the author but of the EU, banks, politicians, phone tapping, mis-information, etc. and the way Greece was ‘handled’, and I suppose still is being ‘handling’, let alone other EU countries.


    From ‘about the book’

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    What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe’s hidden agenda and exposes what actually goes on in its corridors of power.


    Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the EU. Despite the mass support of the Greek people and the simple logic of his arguments, he succeeded only in provoking the fury of Europe’s political, financial and media elite. But the true story of what happened is almost entirely unknown – not least because so much of the EU’s real business takes place behind closed doors.

    In this fearless account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal that will shake the deep establishment to its foundations.

    As is now clear, the same policies that required the tragic and brutal suppression of Greece’s democratic uprising have led directly to authoritarianism, populist revolt and instability throughout the Western world.

    Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.’​


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    One other passage I would like to reproduce from the book concerns quoted speech:-

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    A Note on Quoted Speech

    In a book of this nature, in which so much depends on who said what to whom, I have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of quoted speech. To this end, I have been able to draw on audio recordings that I made on my phone, as well as on notes I made at the time, of many of the official meetings and conversations that appear in this book. Where my own recordings or notes are unavailable, I have relied on memory and, where possible, the corroboration of other witnesses.​

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    Finally: after reading this, would we vote the same way in another referendum? Good question and one we have discussed at great length.
     

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