I Stood Among the Ruins and Cried

A Childhood Memoir

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
144 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2022
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Most adults in the US know about World War II. But how many know about the after-effects of World War II on the children of Germany? Ingrid McCarthy was a young child in Germany at the end of the war. In I Stood Among the Ruins and Cried, she shares her childhood living among the ruins left behind after the bombs. Her city was mostly destroyed by Allied bombers, but the citizens who survived remained to rebuild the city. Ingrid’s story is fascinating and keeps you wanting more. If you have ever been curious about post-war Germany and its culture, your questions will all be answered. This book will enlighten and entertain you as Ingrid had some absolutely harrowing and interesting experiences as she grew up.

Ingrid McCarthy has authored I Stood Among the Ruins and Cried to share her childhood experiences in post-war Germany. World War II left Germany in shambles. Ingrid was a toddler at the end of the war and grew up as Germany was rebuilt. She lived amid ruins. Ingrid writes from memory and in the first person. Her style of writing is flowing, her stories captivating. One can learn much about the culture of post-war Germany from reading this book. The stories will keep you enthralled. In addition, Ingrid shares details of childhood games. Ingrid’s writing is so picturesque that you can feel what it felt like walking down the bomb-scarred streets with her. History, memories, adventure, culture, and compassion all come together in this book.