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The Children's War: Germany 1939 – 1949
by Peter Bodo Gawenda

Author Peter Bodo Gawenda  

"Thoughtful and intriguing reading, The Children's War is a fine pick and is very highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review

Peter Bodo Gawenda takes a riveting look inside World War II from a child's perspective. His richly detailed, and compelling memoir about his childhood in Nazi Germany, fills a niche largely overlooked by other accounts of this period in German history. Peter dramatically recreates his family's flight from the Russian conquerors in Oberglogau, Poland (now Upper Silesia) to Austria, a journey accomplished mostly by foot.

The Children's War: Germany 1939-1949

The Children's War is a tribute to the adults who protected and nurtured youth during WWII. It provides a clear-eyed account of the collapse of a child's world during the war, yet is an uplifting reading experience as the Gawenda children encounter daily adventures and strengthen their family bonds.

Peter later joined the German Air Force and advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel, followed by assignments with NATO, and after immigrating to the U.S. in 1981 became a liaison in U.S. Army Schools. Peter completed his education with a master's in international relations and a doctorate in education. He currently resides in Brownsville, Texas, where he is Dean of the College of Applied Technology and General Studies for The University of Texas and Texas Southmost College. For more information, please visit

"Richly detailed and ably narrated, The Children’s War is an
unforgettable chronicle of how ingenuity and courage enabled a
family to survive in unthinkable circumstances."
— Robert J. Becker
Veteran journalist and former international wire news editor at the Houston Chronicle

Peter Gawenda

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