Wenn die Hoffnung Nicht War (If There Were no Hope)

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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