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Journey interrupted : a family without a country in a world at war / Hildegarde Mahoney.

By: Mahoney, Hildegarde [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Regan Arts, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Edition: First Regan Arts hardcover edition.Description: ix, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1682450139; 9781682450130.Subject(s): Mahoney, Hildegarde | Ercklentz family | German American families -- Biography | Voyages around the world -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 | New York (N.Y.) | Japan | GermanyDDC classification: 929.2 Summary: "In the spring of 1941, seven-year-old Hildegarde Ercklentz and her family leave their home in New York City and set off for their native Germany, where her father has been recalled to the headquarters of the Commerz & Privat Bank in Berlin. It was meant to be an epic journey, crossing the United States, the Pacific, and Siberia—but when Hitler invades Russia, a week-long stay in Yokohama, Japan becomes six years of quasi-detention, as Hildegarde and her family are stranded in Japan until the war's end. In this spellbinding memoir, Mahoney recounts her family's moving saga, from their courage in the face of terrible difficulties—including forced relocation, scarce rations, brutal winters in the Japanese Alps—to their joyous reunion with their German relatives in Hamburg, and their eventual return to New York City in 1950. Richly detailed and remarkably vivid, Journey Interrupted is a story unlike any other—the inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other." -- Provided by publisher.
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In the midst of World War II, a German-American family finds themselves stranded in Japan in this inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other. In the spring of 1941, seven-year-old Hildegarde Ercklentz and her family leave their home in New York City and set off for their native Germany, where her father has been called for work. It was meant to be an epic journey across the US and the Pacific, but when Hitler invades Russia they are trapped in Japan for six years. This is a spellbinding memoir and a moving saga.

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"In the spring of 1941, seven-year-old Hildegarde Ercklentz and her family leave their home in New York City and set off for their native Germany, where her father has been recalled to the headquarters of the Commerz & Privat Bank in Berlin. It was meant to be an epic journey, crossing the United States, the Pacific, and Siberia—but when Hitler invades Russia, a week-long stay in Yokohama, Japan becomes six years of quasi-detention, as Hildegarde and her family are stranded in Japan until the war's end. In this spellbinding memoir, Mahoney recounts her family's moving saga, from their courage in the face of terrible difficulties—including forced relocation, scarce rations, brutal winters in the Japanese Alps—to their joyous reunion with their German relatives in Hamburg, and their eventual return to New York City in 1950. Richly detailed and remarkably vivid, Journey Interrupted is a story unlike any other—the inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other." -- Provided by publisher.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Good-Bye, USA (p. 1)
  • Part 2 Konnichiwa, Japan (p. 38)
  • Part 3 Hello, Germany (p. 164)
  • Part 4 Hello, USA (p. 236)
  • Epilogue (p. 281)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 291)

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Library Journal Review

In 1941, a seven-year-old Mahoney and her family left the United States, where her father had been working, and returned to Germany. However, owing to the outbreak of World War II, the families unexpectedly became stranded in Japan and were unable to leave for six years. In this memoir, Mahoney presents the unusual tale of her family's quasi-detention in Japan during the war years, as well as her life in New York afterward as an office worker, model, and mother. Focusing initially on daily life in Japan, this clearly written account describes a family bound by quiet determination to make the best of their situation. Mahoney's straightforward writing often feels superficial and lacking in emotional depth or self-revelation. Her family members are presented in only the best possible light, as unrealistically one-dimensional characters. Unhappy events such as Mahoney's divorce are dismissed with a few vague and unrevealing sentences. Verdict Unfortunately, six years stuck in limbo doesn't make for interesting reading.-Ingrid Levin, Salve Regina Univ. Lib., Newport, RI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.