Wilkes-Barre: Gottfried P Csala, 1999.
Illustrated by Dan Vendetti cover. First Edition; First Printing. Trade Paperback. Near Fine with no dust jacket. Item #BOOKS001060I
Slightest wear. Crisp trade paperback. ** BOOK ** NEVER SOLD ** ; Fascinating grouping of 4 Viennese family memoirs covers from the height of Austro-Hungarian empire to the fall of Third Reich. ""Mine was an ordinary life, but it was lived during extraordinary times: two World Wars and Hitler." Thus begins one of the four life stories which span 100 years of Vienna's rich history: the Student Revolution of 1848, making music with Brahms in an "Old Vienna" household of the 19th century, the bloodletting of World War I followed by the depression of the 1930's in the remains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, all leading to the Nazi take-over of 1938. ... The question of resistance to the evil government is repeatedly taken up by the family but found to be virtually impossible under complete Nazi repression." Jewish family friends disappeared; one son was said to be half-Jewish. That son escaped to England, to be interned and sent to Australia. The other son fought in the Wehrmacht, ending the war as a Soviet prisoner. This collection of primary source material illuminates "the turbulent history of Austria from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century through the personal experiences recalled by four members of this Viennese family." One vignette of note has Gottfried Csala on leave watching a B-24 being shot down over Vienna, only to discover decades later that one of the parachutes he spotted was that of a postwar friend, whose description of the plane's loss is included in this volume!; 157 pages.