Sunday, May 10, 2020

Unbelievable what this little girl had to endure!

I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. A story that I don't believe most people know about since this happened after WWII ended. The German people who were residing in Prussia really suffered terrible when they were made to leave their properties and then had to endure the Russians coming in and not only rapping and killing women but sending fathers and sons to Siberia as prisoners. The women and children left were herded into a make shift barn with no provisions but straw to lay on and very little food. The story is just beyond comprehension that civilized people could treat people like this. You will never be the same after reading this true account of little Evelyn Tannehill and how she became an orphan and survived this ordeal for 3 years of her young life.

Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019

Sunday, January 3, 2016

From a new Amazon review

"Between the happy little girl she was on the cover, to the happy woman she is now, lies a horrible decade she was lucky not only to survive, but survive with out losing her mind. The great reviews here just can't do justice to her book."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: An important and gripping memoir about survival in Soviet occupied East Prussia
By: R. Milleron
"I am a little upset with Evelyne Tannehill for writing Abandoned and Forgotten. The book is so good, so well-written, the story is so interesting, extraordinary, gripping, exciting, that I had to put all my plans aside in order to finish reading it. This is a book the reader has to read non-stop. Once you start reading it, you will find it impossible to put down."
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Abandoned and Forgotten reaches over 100 five star reviews on Amazon!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

From the Fiction Addiction Book (FAB) Club Review

Most Memorable Quotes:

"That's how life is," I said, turning to Georg. "We don't realize how far reaching our casual acts and mindless words, good or bad, can sometimes be." (p. 426) This quote was made when Evelyne has returned to revisit her homeland as an adult and finds Irena who as a young girl had given the young starving Eva a slice of bread with a big red tomato. Irena does not remember Eva or their encounter, but Eva has remembered it and cherished it as a rare moment when she was shown kindness.

"I realized that acceptance, not time, is the healer of all emotional wounds." (p. 430) What powerful words from a woman who endured numerous emotional wounds. 

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

December 13, 2011 Selection – from F. Scott Abandoned and Forgotten by Evelyne Tannehill This book really stands out for me. Though not a professional writer, Tannehill tells the interesting and harrowing story of her life caught between Fascists and Communists during WWII. A year and a half later I can still remember many of the details and scenes she relates. Read our review:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The newest of over 50 reviews on Amazon

"A salute to your courage, Evchen" By Mala (New Delhi, India) This review is from: Abandoned and Forgotten: An Orphan Girl's Tale of Survival During World War II (Kindle Edition) While we learn about the dark, dark side of human nature, in stories of survival we also see unbelievable courage, endurance and intelligence. I find these stories make me relook at my life, be doubly thankful for what I have, while still trying to take something away from these examples of courage. It is with this reasoning that I read and was completely amazed by the story of one of East Prussia's "Wolfkinder" or Wolf Children; kids orphaned or abandoned during World War II. The war, from their point of view, is rarely seen by anyone. As is true with Evelyne Tannehill, a little girl who should have been playing with the dolls she desperately wanted, but who instead found herself abandoned and forgotten. Evelyne, or Eva, lived in East Prussia (now Poland?) with her family. They were farmers and everyday life consisted of chasing the geese, playing with the cat, and waiting for presents from generous rich aunts. Then the war began. East Prussia became "Nazified" with no one being given much of a choice about whether to be part of Hitler's worldview or not. Then too, there was a with-us-or-against-us policy. If, as a German, you ddn't join the Hitler Youth, for example, you were slowly pushed out of school. Not before being hated by the classmates you had fun with not a few weeks earlier. The Nazis changed life as everyone knew it, but then along came the Russians, descending on the little quiet towns and villages of East Prussia like fiends from hell, raping, destroying, looting. Eva's parents' farm was destroyed. Her father disappeared, possibly shipped off to Siberia for his anti-Hitler views. Some of Eva's siblings suffered too - but some got away. At the age of nine, little Eva found herself all alone. Her mother hand died of typhoid, and also raped for good measure minutes before she died. At such hard times, who wants to take responsibility for a nine-year-old kid? Someone else's kid. In her book, written much much later, we see just how lonely and baffled this poor little girl was. We see what she had to do to survive at an age when we molly coddle our kids and shield them from knowing too much about the word they live in. Eva was thrown around from one place to the other with people who didn't want her. She even became a little slave on her own farm, treated harshly and pretty much starved into submission. Up until then, her brother was with her. But he just walked off, leaving her to her fate. How do you come to terms with that, when it's all over? Eva's story isn't just a story - it's true. Evelyne only now refers to herself as being happy because her children and husband make up her world. But it was only after she was able to let the buried pain of so many years ago burst through in a book. It's a book that's beautifully written, gripping and heart wrenching. The first segment of this story was extremely descriptive, sometimes making me impatient as I felt the start of a story hadn't really been established. In retrospect, the descriptions fell into perspective as one realized that each little detail had its place in the book. A book I'm glad I read, even if it made me sad and marvel afresh at the cruelty and unfairness we can heap upon each other.