Sunday, June 5, 2011

Interview – Marina Gottlieb Sarles by Mackey Media

Interview with Marina Gottlieb Sarles

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - In this interview recorded at Mackey Media Ltd,  I explain the inspiration behind my new book The Last Daughter of Prussia. This interview is the first of several video segments about the novel – a story of love and persecution born out of the intense beauty and unspeakable tragedies of the people of East Prussia – a land my ancestors called home for countless generations. 

Inspired by the voices of those who came before me, I felt compelled to write about the East Prussians' raw and terrifying exodus during the last bitter winter of World War II. 

When I was a child my grandparents, Walter and Edith von Sanden recounted bits and pieces of this ordeal and their flight across the ice, but somehow their voices were always hushed - as if their story had no place in history or in the heart of humanity – as if  being German diminished their right to have feelings of suffering or loss. 

I wrote The Last Daughter of Prussia for them and for all people who have known love and suffered loss.

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