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Gunter Nitsch

Born: 1937 in Konigsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: The author and his wife live in Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: After coming to the United States in 1964, Nitsch obtained a Bachelors degree from Hunter College and an MBA from Pace University while studying at night. For most of his professional life, he worked as a marketing consultant to American and German firms at the German American Chamber of Commerce, followed by eight years at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG in New York City. Since his retirement he has devoted his time to writing.'''''Words from the author'' -''' People often fail to realize that the effects of a war, particularly for those on the losing side, do not end when the peace treaty is signed. My book ''Weeds Like Us'' vividly describes for readers of all ages the hardships faced by civilians -- especially women and children -- in the aftermath of war. Written more like a page-turning adventure story than a memoir, and told from a child's point of view, ''Weeds Like Us'' gives the reader a chance to share in the hardships my family endured and to meet the strong-willed adults whose faith and courage in the face of overwhelming odds held us together.As readers of my first book know, by the time I was reunited with my father at the age of thirteen, I had lived in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and in both the Soviet-Occupied Zone and the British-Occupied Zone in Germany.''STRETCH: Coming of Age in Post-War Germany'', brings my story forward over the next thirteen eventful years. Coming straight from a refugee camp to my new home in West Germany, with less than four years of formal education, I, like millions of my fellow refugees, faced the challenge of making up for lost time and adapting to unfamiliar surroundings and customs while living in the shadow of the country's recent Nazi past.Although both of my books deal with the displacement of the people living in the eastern German provinces following WWII, I hope that they will lead to a greater understanding of all of the families who have faced and are now facing a similar plight to mine.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Gunter Nitsch on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A singular education :
ISBN: 9781491837009 OCLC: 864501089

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN : 2013.

  Eine lange Flucht aus Ostpreußen
ISBN: 3831904383 OCLC: 725169714

Ellert & Richter Hamburg 2011

  Stretch :
ISBN: 9781452079271 OCLC: 680232636

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN : 2010.

Weeds like us
ISBN: 9781438933122 OCLC: 383850204

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN : ©2008.

The uprooting of seven million civilians - women, children, and elderly men - from their homes in the German provinces of East Prussia, Pomerania, and Silesia following World War II is largely unknown in the United States. Weeds Like Us is a gripping true adventure story about the author's own East Prussian family. The author's earliest years were spent in relative comfort on his grandfather's farm in East Prussia during World War II. For him, life in Hitler's Germany was the natural order of things. Then, in January 1945, just after the author's seventh birthday, the Russians rolled into East Prussia. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Weeds Like Us tells the story of what happened over the next six years, as the author's family tried to make its way safely to the West.

Weeds like us /
ISBN: 1425967558 OCLC: 124083966

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN : 2006.