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The City in Flames

A Child’s Recollection of World War II in Würzburg, Germany

Elisabeth von Berrinberg

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9895915-1-5
  • Publication Date: 2013-10-15
  • Berrinberg Publications

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The City in Flames

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From the moment Germany ignited World War II, life changed radically for young Elisabeth, her family, and other residents of Würzburg. When a fire-bombing near the war’s end destroyed most of the city, earlier hardships turned into a desperate struggle for survival as the family took shelter in a cabin outside of town.

Through it all, Elisabeth found moments of humor and compassion, from a bungled midnight attempt to milk a neighbor’s goat and a Russian POW risking his life to save her family to communion dresses sewn from the only material on hand—a dead soldier’s parachute—and the baker who rewarded Elisabeth’s mother’s confession about stealing a loaf of his bread by giving her another. Together, the stories captured in this memoir provide a gripping picture of everyday life in a world gone up in flames.


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“An absorbing testimony about life in war-time Würzburg.“—Adolf Wolz, Jr., CEO, Schoeningh Buchhandlungen (bookstore specializing in science and history), Würzburg, Germany.


“Elisabeth relates each memory with the emotion and heartbreak of her younger self.”—Nancy Zinter, Board Member, Minnesota Germanic-American Institute.


 “Von Berrinberg’s memoir of life as a young girl in Germany during WWII evokes both sorrow and laughter.”—Chris Rahn, author, Which Way Now?, a novel about a German prisoner-of-war camp survivor in southern Minnesota during World War II.    

Elisabeth von Berrinberg

Elisabeth von Berrinberg is an award-winning author. Born in Wurzburg, Germany, she migrated to the United States in 1955 after marrying an American soldier. In 2013, she published a memoir, The City in Flames: A Child's Recollection of World War II in Würzburg, Germany. It received accolades from the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association. Now, Elisabeth writes fiction in the form of cozy mysteries. She resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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