A spirited American exchange student. A sixty-year-old invalid. An enigmatic Berlin gentleman. A riveting Cold War secret.

Spunky Maddy McAllister, a twenty-one-year-old exchange student in Berlin, Germany, has a journalism career to launch. Stalwart Katia Mahler, a sixty-year-old invalid from the former East Berlin, has a story to tell. Enigmatic Oskar Schultmann brings together the journalist and the storyteller. Maddy’s task: to document Katia’s story.
Cultures and generations clash as the young American and the German matron strive to understand each other’s present and past. Maddy learns more than a personal history; Katia receives more than a memoir. And always in the background is Oskar, who is drawn into the story in ways he never intended.

Peek over the Berlin Wall as Katia’s story comes to life through the scribbled notes of a girl struggling to grasp the significance of what she has written for her own life as well as for future generations.

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About The Author

After serving over 21 years in the US Air Force, Bruce Judisch settled with his family in San Antonio, Texas, where he works as a senior information operations analyst for the Department of Defense. He and his wife, Jeannie, are parents of three, and grandparents of twelve. Bruce loves writing historical fiction, teaching, camping, and playing the 12-string guitar.

Books by Bruce Judisch

For Maria

Thousands of Jewish "hidden" children disappeared into the vortex of a horrific war. And Madeline, a freelance journalist, is driven to find two of them ... her long-lost aunts.