Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a teenager growing up in Berlin…after Hitler killed himself? What about during the time when the wall was just built? Or even when it finally opened the borders to everyone? If so I recommend you read Life behind the Wall.
Life behind the Wall is about the journey and adventures of a group of young teens as they risk it all. They are desperate to escape from a life behind the wall.
Although I enjoyed the book, there were certain stories I felt were rushed and some that were entirely too drawn out .There were a lot of questions I wished were answered, some were touched upon but then simply disappeared. Such as why did Erich’s family insist that they read the bible and no one listened. Then there comes the father’s story was he truly killed the way he was supposed to be killed or what? The stepfather’s story is no better and the quick thinking epilogue did not satisfy me.
That being said it did have some good points as well. Such as what a young cripple girl was willing to do to save her family and what a young boy would risk just to feed his sick starving grandmother. These stories are worth not receiving the answers to the questions I sought and certainly worth the rushed conclusion most likely caused by trying to make a deadline. If this is the case, The Author Mr. Robert Elmer needs to be congratulated because he managed to write a good book even after the problems I addressed. Trust me, the book is worth it and quite a decent read.
If one were to be interested in learning how it felt to be a teenager living behind the wall, who was desperate to be free so much so that they risk their lives and their families to do so, I recommend this book. It can give you some insight into how it may have felt.
Cut off by the Iron Curtain This epic tale extends across generations and unfolds against the backdrop of a dangerous Cold War Berlin. This historically accurate, action-packed, three-books-in-one edition features three generations of resourceful teens living in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Titles include: Candy Bombers: In spring 1948, teenage cousins Erich and Katarina are simply trying to survive in war-ravaged Berlin when the Soviets blockade the east side of the city, isolating its citizens---and starving them---behind the Iron Curtain. Beetle Bunker: In August 1961, Sabine discovers a forgotten underground bunker. Though she first uses it to escape her crowded home, she soon realizes her hideout could possibly take her family under the wall to West Berlin and freedom! Smuggler's Treasure: In spring 1989, life is good in West Germany, and even the Cold War seems to be thawing in the warmer weather. But as Liesl works on a class project about the history of the wall, she stumbles onto a startling secret no one will talk about.