Silicon Valley, California, July 5, 2023 (500NewsWire) — It was a childhood lost, so disturbing and hunting that it took the author well into his adult life to sit down and write about it. It took many years to write this book, says Johannes Krane of his gripping, recently released memoir, INNOCENCE DENIED: A HOLOCAUST CHILDHOOD.
Innocence Denied is a story about two brothers, the author and his brother Dick. It is powerful in capturing the life of two children, nine- and eleven-year-old during World War II. Through the hunger years 1944/1945, they raised their deaf and mute mother and father, who was also mentally challenged, creating severe consequences.
Because of the famine, the family supported their mothers effort to trade on the black market and steal from businesses and the Nazi authorities. This practice was punishable by law, leading to the death penalty or they were in danger of being transported to Germany.
Readers feel the true tension and horror, from Kranes descriptions of looking both ways before sneaking a stolen loaf of bread into his bag, to lying face down in a puddle with mud-soaked clothing hiding from the nazi pursuers after fleeing from peril, to scurrying to stash his father awkwardly under a staircase so he would not be discovered during a Nazi raid and to quickly dispose of his fathers soup bowl so it would not appear there were four seated to dinner.
Mr. Krane witnessed unspeakable events at the hands of the Nazis. The disabled mother was determined during the wars dark days, with the childrens help, to obtain food and fuel in the most dangerous and life-threatening situations. The story is grim, brutal, and unbearably heartbreaking.
How two young brothers had to fight every day to survive, how hard it was to have two parents with disabilities, to have a dysfunctional lifestyle the sacrifices
they had to make, all the darkness and horrors they had to witness, and the losses it caused. How sometimes its better to let go, take a risk, break the cycle, and hope for a better future.
The amount of feelings this book can provoke is impressive; you can tell that it was written with the heart, as the author captures the feeling and memories of him through the pages.
Today there are many books based on World War II, but if you want to read about people who lived through this time from a different perspective, this book is very good.
Book review by Goodreads:
A gritty, gut-wrenching tale of resourcefulness, bravery, accountability, and responsibility- of trying to maintain hope in a world where it is slim.
About Johannes Krane:
I was born and educated in the Netherlands, where I developed a passion for reading and writing. When I was 27, my family and I emigrated to America, where I pursued my education and earned my BA degree. I wrote several self-help books, including Can I Afford College Today? and Can I Afford Retirement? which aim to help people make smart financial decisions. My brother Dick and I also founded Elephant Books, one of the first major online used bookstores during the early days of Amazon.
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