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The War Within, the Story of Josef

Author: Patricia Walkow

The War Within, the Story of Josef, is a creative nonfiction biography of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954. Josef was a real person, and experienced all of the events in the story.

At the outset of the story, Josef awakens after his left leg was amputated due to an accident in the factory where he worked in Southern Germany. A talented mechanic, even at his young age, Josef has a natural ability to understand, repair and fabricate machinery. Because of his usefulness, his life is spared, although slave laborers are normally considered expendable, and when injured, are summarily executed. German citizens are prohibited from helping slave laborers. Yet, Willie, a German ambulance driver only a few years older than Josef, saves Josef’s life by taking him to the hospital and allowing him to recuperate in his own home. Willie lives with his mother, Sonya, a loyal German.

Through the course of his recuperation, Josef fights his hatred of the Germans; Sonya roils with emotion as she comes to see the injured boy as a human being, rather than an enemy, and Willie questions his own motivations for helping the young Pole. Ella, a young German girl who is a cook and maid in a nearby house, befriends Josef. She struggles with her own mother’s decision to remove her from school, forcing her to work as a servant. Josef and Ella fall in love and keep their love a secret through the war. When the war ends, they remain in French-occupied Germany, marry, and start a family. As a mixed Polish-German couple they face the ire of the Germans, and, when their eldest son develops tuberculosis, they fear losing him. Through the years, Josef and Willie deepen their friendship, and Ella and Josef decide to emigrate to the US.

This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.

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ISBN numbers are:

ISBN-13: 978-1519181015

ISBN-10: 1519181019

 

Patricia Walkow is an author whose work has appeared in three award-winning anthologies: Corrales Writing Group 2013 Anthology, Corrales Writing Group 2014 Anthology, and Currents, Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology. A new set of her short stories is scheduled for publication in a 2017 anthology, titled Passages. She was a columnist for The Glendale [California] News Press, and Bethlehem [Pennsylvania] Globe Times. She has published articles in Albuquerque, the Magazine, the Corrales Comment and Corrales MainStreet News. She was editor-in-chief of Corrales [New Mexico] MainStreet News for three years.

Ms. Walkow also co-authored Where People and Projects Meet, a project-management book offering tools and techniques for managing the people side of projects, published in 2010. Her newest work, a 110,000 word biographical novel, The War Within, the Story of Josef, was published on June 27th, 2016. It is the story of a teenager who grows to manhood in World War II Germany, where he was a slave laborer.

She was awarded third place for her short story, The Far Moist End of the Earth, in the 2016 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Several of her other short stories have won awards from the New Mexico Press Women organization.

 


Author/Artist: Teedie Cowie Woodcock

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Publisher: Cenografix (1689)
ASIN: B01K3O7QUY


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Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2, 2016)
Language: English
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Paperback: 170 pages
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Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419624520
ISBN-13: 978-1419624520

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Excerpt from “Taking Back the River.

“For years I carried around anger, guilt, and grief as a result of what I’d experienced being a soldier’s wife during the Vietnam War. After writing my story, I was able to release those feelings and to find some peace.”  Sheila O’Quirke, author of We’re in the Army Now

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I was 35 years old when I began to ponder questions like: “Who am I and what’s my purpose on this planet?” Up until then my identity was dependent on who I was in relation to everyone else. For years I struggled with demons. There were several suicide attempts; I saw death as the only way out of a miserable existence.

But at the age of 35 I recognized in me a thirst I’d never known; the need for a spiritual connection and a reason to live. The answers didn’t come overnight; in fact, I found that for me, the long road was the shortest way home. I’d invested so much time and energy into hating myself that it was hard to give that up. It kept me on a merry-go-round of addiction and recovery, spanning several years. But as I began the difficult work of grieving and facing myself, I was able to see the value-the gift-in having had such a rough life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1512057851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1512057850