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A Lightness in My Soul: Inspired by a True Story by [Annette Oppenlander]

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"This well-written and harrowing account is especially important in fleshing out what happened during World War II and ensuring that it never happens again. A Lightness in My Soul: Inspired by a True Story is most highly recommended." Readers' Favorite Five Stars

"If you like war stories you should definitely read this one. It's short, emotional, balanced and brilliantly narrated." Bibliomaniacaza Blog Review

"...a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction and those based on real events." Locks, Hooks and Books Blog Review

"A Lightness in My Soul is one of those stories that will touch you deeply." The Avid Reader Blog Review

"This story touched my heart." Iron Canuck Reviews 

"For anyone with an interest in the history of WWII, especially if you are interested in the German perspective, then this is definitely one for your bookshelves. A one-sitting, engrossing read highly recommended by me." Archaeolibrarian Blog Review

"I was honestly left without words by this story. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it and have such a detailed story of his life, as it really makes one appreciate everything. Honestly, this is a must read." Natural Bri Blog Review

"...eye-opening, heart-breaking and all together engrossing." Hurn Publications

"A heartwarming, short novella based on a true story..." Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne Blog Review

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For multiple reasons, the Dachau concentration camp (KZ) has entered our collective history in infamy. On March 22, 1933, Dachau was the first KZ and prototype, a model camp, initially interning political prisoners like social democrats and communists. These prisoners were forced to work so hard that they often succumbed to exhaustion. Then followed minorities.
More than 40,000 people died in Dachau, including Jews, Sinti, Roma, German communists and social democrats, Polish and Russian prisoners of war. Even in the last days of the war, as American troops bore down on the country, the SS forced 7,000 prisoners to participate in death marches south of Munich. Over its twelve-year existence, more than 200,000 prisoners were held in Dachau.
On April 29, 1945, the U.S Army, Seventh Division, came upon Dachau and liberated the camp. Multiple reports were written, photos were taken, many of them available for review and research. 
There is nothing good about Dachau--just the name sends chills down most people's backs. The only useful thing is that today Dachau is a memorial site that serves as a stark reminder of what dictatorships and its willing followers are capable of. 
I fervently hope that humanity will not forget and repeat the same mistakes Germany made.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KS9RGRQ
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 13, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2074 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 110 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 3948100195
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past.

Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, has received eight awards/nominations, including the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award, the 2018 Indie B.R.A.G. and the 2020 Skoutz Award in Germany. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she now lives in Germany with her husband.

“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a date or number, it turns into a story.”

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