The Night Sky: a journey from Dachau to Denver and Back By Maria Sutton

The Night Sky: A Journey from Dachau to Denver and Back

This extraordinary and unflinchingly honest memoir takes us on a riveting journey into the hearts and souls of three enigmatic people whose destinies are forever changed by the events of World War II. The secrets of misguided love and passions are revealed as the author journeys between the past and the present to solve the mystery of a handsome Polish officer with piercing blue eyes and sun-colored hair. Maria Sutton takes us to the dark green hills and valleys of the ancient Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine, where the woody fragrance of birch trees and new-mown hay fills the fresh, crisp air after a heavy rain. Vicariously, we see a sunrise over Poland obscured by brightly colored swastikas on warplanes and then we will be taken into suffocating cattle cars, lice-infested stalags, and to the Dachau death camp. Further down a country road, the hearty laughter and beer steins clinking with each salute to the Fuhrer s astonishing victories can be heard.

As Maria takes us on this odyssey to solve a decades-long mystery, she learns the family secrets of untold heroism, quiet courage, and a mother s love and of tragedy, disillusionment, and heartbreak. At the end of her long journey, Maria uncovers a shattering and painful truth. But the secret, however heartbreaking, would also become the greatest gift she would receive.

This is a touching story about an unbelievable journey one woman took to find out where she really came from. The book is both a memoir and a history book. Maria has done a great job both telling the story and describing the time and place that she discovers that her parents lived and tried to survive. The horrors of WW2 are taught in school but I don’t think the history books will ever be able to get the point home to students as much as Family Histories of those who were there.  This is a well written account that I did not want to put down.
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