A DP (Displaced Person) Finds American Dream

by Valentine L. Krumplis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/30/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781490713014
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781490713007

About the Book

Fragments of World War Two, starting with the first Communist/Russian occupation of Lithuania, June 15, 1940, then the supposed liberation and occupation by the Nazis, June 22, 1941, and then the mad dash with the retreating German army to bombed out Germany to escape the coming liberation by the Russians in 1944, finally surviving allied bombing in Germany, all seen through the eyes of a young boy. The exodus itself, the bombings, the raw survival in bombed out Germany, and finally being herded into DP camps by the allies is like a horror travelogue. This book is about the feelings of adults and children described in words and pictures, is an attempt to tell the world of people caught in a man made storm called war. This is a story of people who have lost everything and must now find, build, learn, and adjust to a brand new way of life. Surviving the war, the DP’s, displaced people now had to endure the DP camps, like purgatory or limbo, waiting for a chance to find The American Dream.

About the Author

I was born seven days after the Russian invasion of Lithuania in 1940, June 22. I lived under the Russian occupation for one year and then the Nazis came with their occupation on June 23, 1941. My first memories are of being a refugee and fleeing to Germany from the Russian Army. So by the end of 1944 we were chased by Russians, despised by German Nazis and bombed by Americans. We finally were gathered together by the Americans into DP camps and waited for some country to let us emigrate. I grew up in those stormy times and was lucky enough to come seek the American Dream. My adventure of survival during the war, and finally the need to learn another culture, language, and adjust to become a real American is an interesting story.