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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Anneliese Möwis Pitt was born in 1929. She had three sisters and her parents, who all lived in Landsberg, Germany. Although denied affection and love by her mother and sisters, she was content and happy because life was good. Things took a nosedive when her father was taken to a concentration camp, and accused of betraying the Reich by helping the Jews. When World War 2 was over, much of the country, including her hometown, came under Polish territory. It was then that Anneliese's mother and sister abandoned her at the young age of fourteen. Thrust into an unwelcoming world on her own, follow Anneliese on this journey through A Living Nightmare, from the memoirs and stories told by Anneliese Pitt to Ghislaine Raymond and Laurette Leblond.
I was waiting to exhale! The level of pain, betrayal, wickedness, and inhumanity to man broke me. A Living Nightmare by Ghislaine Raymond and Laurette Leblond lived up to its name. Anneliese was one of the strongest persons I’ve heard of or read about. Her grit, perseverance, strength, and hope, even when she felt like giving up, I dare say, qualifies her for sainthood. Ghislaine and Laurette documented Anneliese’s story so beautifully. They painted vivid pictures that activated my imagination and scrubbed raw at my emotions. Anneliese lived an eventful life that I doubt one book can adequately capture. I cannot get over the betrayal by her mother and Dora, especially Lotte. Anneliese was a survivor, and I’m glad her story became a book. Thank you, Ghislaine and Laurette, for a humbling reading experience.