Wenn die Hoffnung Nicht War (If There Were no
Review by Victor Knell, Fargo, North Dakota
Gotz, Karl. Wenn die Hoffnung Nicht War (If There Were no Hope). Bodensee, Germany: Hohenstaufen Verlag, 1983.
This novel is about a family from the Banat, who was forced from their
home and land, their flight and dispersal and their assimilation in
West Germany. In Germany the again found a home and food.
This story is not about a solitary family or incident, but incorporates
the experiences of countless people in the regions of East Prussia,
Pomerania, Mecklenburg, Silesia, Thuringen, Sudatenland, Bohemia
and from other locations in the Danube River Basin, where many German
settlements were located.
The Banat is located in Hungary and is bounded by the Danube, Theiss
and Marosch Rivers. This region was settled by German speaking people
in the late 1700s and the early 1800s, when the area was part of
the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
This book tells of the fate that befell the millions of these innocent
people who were forced to become refugees, just because they were
of German blood.
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