Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin

Mildred Schindler Janzen


One Woman’s Remarkable Escape from Nazi Germany  The peaceful farm life of a teenage girl in Germany is abruptly upended when WWII comes knocking at her family’s door. One month before...

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One Woman’s Remarkable Escape from Nazi Germany 

The peaceful farm life of a teenage girl in Germany is abruptly upended when WWII comes knocking at her family’s door. One month before her sixteenth birthday, Mildred “Mickchen” Schindler and her family are captured by Russian Soldiers. Having already survived life in Hitler’s Nazi Germany, they now face the terror of a new enemy—Stalin’s Red Army.

Driven from their home, Mildred and her family become refugees along with a sad, slow-moving caravan of other families who have suffered the same fate. Cleverly disguised by her mother, Mildred avoids being taken to a work camp until one morning when authorities arrive unexpectedly. Her father has already been taken by Russian soldiers, and now she is taken from her mother and brother.

Mildred recounts, in meticulous detail, her treacherous journey and the roller coaster of raw emotions she experiences —fear, regret, loneliness, humility, perseverance, and defiance.  Mildred’s odyssey of making her way home and finding her family in a war-torn countryside takes many riveting twists and turns. The discovery of a secret, hidden document offers hope for a brighter future.

From harrowing to heartwarming, this memoir provides a unique perspective of a Gentile girl’s road to resilience and her fortitude against all odds to forge a life filled with love and laughter.

Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin is a remarkable testimony to the strength of the unconquerable human spirit and an endearing account of God’s faithfulness in the midst of faithless circumstances.

Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin is a 2020 SUNNY Award winner!

by Mildred Schindler Janzen & Sherye S. Green
Page Count: 294

Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: November, 10 2020
Imprint: Sunbury Press
Genre: History

RELIGION/Christian Living/Personal Memoirs
HISTORY/Military/World War II

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Jody Suiter
Uplifting Read

True story told from a different perspective than most other books about that time. Beautiful testimony. Our patrons & all who attended the author visit would give Mildred a 10 star review if possible!

Interesting Historical

I was hooked from the first chapter. Although mostly narrative, I fell in love with Mildred and her recap of her life. I am so inspired by her faith in God. In spite of her family's and her hardships, they were held together by God, faith, determination, and love for each other. I will definitely recommend this book to all my reader friends! Thank you for sharing your story.

A Unique and Gripping Account of Hardship, Faith, and Providence

This book is a unique and gripping account to read. As Mildred Schindler Janzen recalls her story, one cannot help but be in awe of the fortitude of the Schindler family during such difficult and life altering times. Moreover, every step that she recounts and every turn that her story takes demonstrates God’s control and grace even in devastating situations.
It was truly a page-turner to learn about the negative impact and fear that Hitler brought upon his own people, and it was heart breaking to read of Mrs. Janzen and many of her people moving from hardship under Hitler into oppression under Stalin’s Soviet army. As historical information weaves through autobiography one gains insight into a time and place of which most are ignorant.
I was constantly amazed at how one grueling circumstance could follow another and yet how each challenge was met with some intervention that kept moving Mrs. Janzen out of persecution and towards salvation. While there is certainly tragedy within these pages, this book is an uplifting story of how God watched over a small girl from the farm. Even more, it is the story of a woman who serves as a positive example of how to encounter hardship, tragedy, and isolation while never losing faith in God and never losing love for people. This truly is an amazing autobiography to read, and I highly recommend it to history buffs, to those who wonder if God is still there in tragic times, and to those in need of a positive and uplifting female example.