Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’: Journey of a German Girl by Dorothea Wollin Null


“…the author is a legend for all that she survived and held on to her faith thru it all. Remarkable and inspiring story.” — Kevin and Shana Scott

[UPDATED AND REVISED FOR 2017]  Dorothea Wollin was just a young girl when American bombs demolished her German town. Uprooted overnight, she and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe.

“Many people bury their memories so they don’t have to deal with the pain. For whatever reason, my mother buried hers. I was hard-pressed to get any stories from her. She was not one who shared easily. However, one night was different. It was many years after the war, in 1987, and I was visiting my family in Germany. I felt there were things Mother and I needed to talk about, and I pressed for discussion. I was pleasantly surprised when she stayed up until the wee hours sharing memories.”

A true story of a little girl’s quest for meaning in a dark world that led to faith in Christ, and to a freedom greater than that of country or politics.

“What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts.” — Dorothea Wollin Null

This is my story.

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Title: Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’: Journey of a German Girl

Series (if applicable): N/A, author’s backstory

Author: Dorothea Wollin Null

Publisher (if applicable): First Steps Publishing

Genre(s): Nonfiction, World War II

Recommended Age: 12+ for some descriptive situations as well as a bit tough to read.

My Rating:four stars

My Review:

It’s probably obvious, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, that I’m very obsessed with the WWII era. When I saw this book, I knew I had to pick it up. What totally interested me was that the author lived through this war as a little girl, and the most interesting part is that this book is basically a German’s point of view of Hitler and what was going on in Germany at the time of his reign.

I thought it was really shocking to discover that the people who lived in Germany had no idea of the tyranny that was going on through their government, as well as corruption. Hitler basically claimed he was Germany’s savior and their last hope after their economy/whatever it was went downhill. Everything was sugarcoated. The people had no idea what was going on, for the most part. I find it shocking that they decorated the streets with colorful flowers for Hitler’s birthday.

I really loved how Dorothea really cares for children. There was a moment in the book where she was talking about how her mother and her aunt would lie to her in various situations, and I really admired her for saying that’s not how children should be treated.

Although I really enjoyed this nonfiction, one thing frustrated me. The events that happened were not completely organized by date. Like, it mention something happening with Hitler/history most people would know and then jump back a few years before. That confused me and turned me off a bit, because who would want to be confused and not know where in time they were?

This book is the author’s legacy, and her goal at the end was to point people to Christ.  There are some interesting photos of her and her past, and I highly recommended you go check it out. Especially if you’re as fond of WWII as I am. 😉

Content Warnings: Death (different mentions such as one of an elderly man frozen and falling off a wagon and others not noticing he was gone for a few days); Some violence; Hints at Hitler and the others in power doing immoral things, especially to women. Most like some more content that I forgot. I’m good at forgetting, if you haven’t noticed 😉 …

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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