Monday, February 21, 2011

Out of Prussia: My family

My grandfather, Walter von Sanden,
well known author and environmentalist

My grandmother, Edith von Sanden, well-known sculptress.
Those are some of her pieces behind her.

    When writing my historical novel, a work of fiction based on my family's real experiences in East Prussia during World War II, my grandparents served as studies for the story's characters. 

    Their story begins in the dead of one wintry night when they must make a terrifying and raw flight from their home in East Prussia. Theirs is a history many families share. I write to tell of how a proud man and his wife, an artistic woman suffering from severe depression, must make their way, with thousands of others, through the ice forest of East Prussia to safety.

- Marina Gottlieb Sarles

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