run from the red tideRun From The Red Tide

The story is based on the true events of a working class family living in Brieg, East Germany during the latter years of World War 2. Living far in the countryside, the effects of war on Elisabeth, Erwin, and their five children were minimal. They didn’t have much money, but they were happy. News bulletins reported of victories and successes, but as the war raged on, refugees began arriving from major cities telling a different story in hushed voices for fear of reprisal. Life was changing. Erwin was conscripted to fight in the army and sent to the Russian front. Gone were the carefree simple days. Back in Brieg, no one could be trusted, the effects of war and nazi control had arrived in the countryside. Lena, at 14 was the eldest of the children and much of the chores of looking after the younger ones fell on her. She didn’t mind, she was practical and could see the little ones were a handful for her mother. She was finishing school soon and was going to work in the department store in town. She was looking forward to a little more freedom. Everything was about to change. Lena was sent to State Country School hundreds of kilometres away. The security of the past was gone. The family was separated. They hadn’t heard from Erwin after he was sent to the Western Front in France and the Russian Army were advancing ever nearer. Lena wondered if she would ever see her family again.

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