A Reluctant Citizen: Making a life in German-occupied Memel and Lithuania 1932-1940 by John Winglap & Ruta Pempe Sevo
“A Reluctant Citizen: Making a Life in German-Occupied Memel and Lithuania 1932-1940” by John Winglap and edited by Ruta Pempe Sevo is a captivating fictionalized memoir that offers a unique window into a lesser-known period of history.
Through the lens of a young teacher’s experiences, the book transports readers to the tumultuous times of Memel (Klaipeda) and Lithuania during the years 1932-1940.
As Germany’s influence and control expanded, the young teacher must navigate the shifting political landscapes and challenges of living in an occupied territory. Against the backdrop of the Germans’ annexation of Memel and parts of Lithuania in 1939, the teacher’s journey becomes a tale of survival amidst adversity.
“A Reluctant Citizen” serves as a vital conduit for understanding a chapter of history that may not be widely known. The Baltic states’ history often remains overshadowed, and books like this offer an invaluable opportunity to engage with the experiences of individuals who navigated these challenging times.
For those seeking to expand their knowledge of history beyond the well-trodden paths, this book promises a journey of discovery, empathy, and an enhanced understanding of the human experience during periods of upheaval. Through the pages of “A Reluctant Citizen,” readers are invited to connect with a personal narrative that resonates across time and place.
- Language: English
- Publisher: Ruta Sevo
- Publication date: 2017
- ISBN-10: 990586286
- ISBN-13: 978-0990586289
Here’s a short summary of Klaipeda’s history.
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