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Grey Skies Over Russia

Grey Skies over Russia

By Frederick Heider
ISBN: 978-0-9735170-0-2
Format: Paperback
Pages: 461 pages
Publication Date: 2004
Distributor: The Ganneth Company

In Grey Skies over Russia Frederick Heider recounts his incredible life from an impoverished youth to World War II German army officer working closely with high ranking army staff to inmate of Russian prison camps.

Heider began his working life in one of Europe's most opulent hotels. There he encountered the famous and infamous figures of pre-World War II society, whose escapades he describes in delicious detail. After winning an apprenticeship competition, he was an honoured guest of Hitler himself. Wooed by the Hitler Youth, he joined the German military to escape the politics. He describes his army years as a Lieutenant whose many amusing adventures included a court-martial. Trapped behind enemy lines, he was captured as the war ended. He paints a poignant picture of his struggle to survive his years in Russian prison camps.

This insightful and entertaining insider’s account sheds light on the forces shaping modern European history leading up to and during World War II.

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About the Author

Frederick Heider was born in Neustadt, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1952. Heider was one of Canada’s first Information Technology specialists and managed the stock control computer system for the Robert Simpson Company department stores across Canada. Heider resides in Toronto.

Journey to Peace

Journey to Peace

By Ruth Rathgeber
ISBN: 978-0-9784455-1-5
Format: Paperback
Pages: 279 pages
Publication Date: October 2009
Publisher: The Ganneth Company

Drawing on her real-life experience, German-born Canadian Ruth Rathgeber has fashioned a riveting saga of fear, love and betrayal under the Nazi regime. Karin von Holbig is a young German working as a reporter in occupied Poland as the Third Reich crumbles. Narrowly escaping the Russian army as it pushes west toward Berlin, she embarks on a gruelling and life-threatening journey in search of a life without war. Ultimately, Karin finds the peace she seeks: an adoring husband and a new life away from her war-torn memories of Europe. Readers will be captivated by this rare first-hand glimpse into the personal lives of ordinary Germans struggling to survive the Nazi regime and its aftermath.

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About the Author

Ruth Rathgeber was born in Kassel, Germany. After the untimely deaths of both parents, she spent her teenage years in Chemnitz. She worked as a journalist in Poland during World War II and was a translator for the International Relief Organization after the war. Rathgeber immigrated to Canada in 1950. She resides in Brighton, Ontario. Journey to Peace is her first novel.