auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holder Ocker is the story of Christa, a young girl who, along with her family, must leave behind a comfortable life when the Third Reich collapses. Their survival is tough at best as they become penniless immigrants, often relying on the kindness of others and whatever small amount of money they can get by working to get by. I often felt sorry for the family and especially Christa who often lost friends with all the moving around they did. However, the book is a triumph because the family will do whatever it takes to survive, no matter how bad things get.
I really enjoyed this book and am so thankful I was given the chance to read it. It was a different look at that time in history – being though the eyes of a child and a German one at that. Christa really is a wonderful writer and conveys the emotions of her younger self beautifully. It’s a slim, but very engaging book and for me, over too soon.