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Dreaming in German [Ebook] ➨ Dreaming in German By Claudia Poser – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Dreaming in German turns on the author s immigration to South Carolina at age , her childhood spent shuttling back and forth between East and West Germany, and her struggle with the meaning of home as Dreaming in German turns on the author s immigration to South Carolina at age , her childhood spent shuttling back and forth between East and West Germany, and her struggle with the meaning of home as Germany transformed from two states to oneThis book combines an immigrant memoir from a child of the global professional class with an inside look at the effects of German division on family relationships from the Western side of the WallThe story begins with intimate portraits of daily life in both Germanies during the fifties and early sixties When the author Dreaming in PDF/EPUB or s father, who had spent several years as a POW in the US, accepts the opportunity to realize his dream to return to America, the family encounters culture shock a move from a densely populated urban area to upstate South Carolina As time passes, the narrator is torn between the desire to return home and her growing adaptation to life in the a new country She moves to New England, then the Midwest feeling less out of place with each move, but still longing for home When the Wall falls so suddenly in , she is euphoric being able to visit family without crossing the dreaded East German border was a childhood fantasy she never expected to realize But with reunification come questions of inheritance, and the idyll of family unity explodes as the country s borders dissolve In the end, she finds that for an immigrant there can never be a simple answer to the question where is home.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format torn between the desire to return home and her growing adaptation to life in the a new country She moves to New England, then the Midwest feeling less out of place with each move, but still longing for home When the Wall falls so suddenly in , she is euphoric being able to visit family without crossing the dreaded East German border was a childhood fantasy she never expected to realize But with reunification come questions of inheritance, and the idyll of family unity explodes as the country s borders dissolve In the end, she finds that for an immigrant there can never be a simple answer to the question where is home."/>
  • Paperback
  • 238 pages
  • Dreaming in German
  • Claudia Poser
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 0578088320

About the Author: Claudia Poser

Claudia Poser is a writer, artist, and former polymer chemist She grew up in Germany, moved to South Carolina at age , and eventually found a home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, Ron She maintains a ceramics studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and still travels frequently to Germany.



10 thoughts on “Dreaming in German

  1. Andrea Andrea says:

    Autobiography of a German girl transplanted to the United States the author is very poetic and is right on in describing the cultural assimilation process Really great human story.

  2. Sally Francis Sally Francis says:

    Two worldsI took too long to finish this book and I m not sure why The descriptions of German foods and habits brought back memories of my past I miss the hams, sausages and cheeses and breads Her observations of the differences of German vs American youth rang true, andAmericans should hear this truth The East was free after the fall of the wall, but the spirits continue to be caged with the past. I found this tale to hit close to home, and it encourages me to be a better privileged Two worldsI took too long to finish this book and I m not sure why The descriptions of German foods and habits brought back memories of my past I miss the hams, sausages and cheeses and breads Her observations of the differences of German vs American youth rang true, andAmericans should hear this truth The East was free after the fall of the wall, but the spirits continue to be caged with the past. I found this tale to hit close to home, and it encourages me to be a better privileged American

  3. Lena Lena says:

    This is a book written as a narrative the biography of a woman who immigrated from Germany with her parents to the US in 1966, at the age of 13 to South Carolina, in fact The story grew on me especially as it rather mirrored my early life, except that I immigrated from Denmark in 1956, and was a bit younger than her I recognized some of the same challenges, the same feelings about the foreigners in the new land, the same statements by parents, the same apprehensions about new friends This is a book written as a narrative the biography of a woman who immigrated from Germany with her parents to the US in 1966, at the age of 13 to South Carolina, in fact The story grew on me especially as it rather mirrored my early life, except that I immigrated from Denmark in 1956, and was a bit younger than her I recognized some of the same challenges, the same feelings about the foreigners in the new land, the same statements by parents, the same apprehensions about new friends The most interesting parts of the book are her visits to East Germany, and the descriptions of her relatives there The fall of the Communist empire gives the American side of the family joy, while the East German side is understandable nervous about the future These were the insights that interested me the most The question of where is home was another theme in the book The answer came at the end, without surprise

  4. Kay C Kay C says:

    I didn t expect to like this biography as much as I did but it is very well written Claudia tells about life growing up in West Germany after her parents had moved from East Germany Consequently, Claudia travels to East Germany after the Berlin Wall was installed frequently to visit relatives She talks about what it was like to go through checkpoint and what life was like for the relatives Although not wealthy, they seemed to do ok and were generally happy Claudia s father transfers to th I didn t expect to like this biography as much as I did but it is very well written Claudia tells about life growing up in West Germany after her parents had moved from East Germany Consequently, Claudia travels to East Germany after the Berlin Wall was installed frequently to visit relatives She talks about what it was like to go through checkpoint and what life was like for the relatives Although not wealthy, they seemed to do ok and were generally happy Claudia s father transfers to the U.S and the family unwillingly moves to Clemson, South Carolina It is a struggle for Claudia and her mother to integrate, but eventually they do so successfully Claudia always longs for Germany but continues to live in the U.S She describes her situations and the people in her life quite well It made for an interesting story that I looked forward to reading

  5. Jen Reynolds Jen Reynolds says:

    I don t usually read non fiction books, but I chose this frombecause the description sounded interesting and it was free I was pleasantly surprised While the primary theme was what where is home really, it was an interesting insight to someone from another culture moving to America as a young teen and discussing how she tried to understand fit in I thought high school was difficult enough, I can t imagine going through it having come from overseas and experiencing culture shock the wa I don t usually read non fiction books, but I chose this frombecause the description sounded interesting and it was free I was pleasantly surprised While the primary theme was what where is home really, it was an interesting insight to someone from another culture moving to America as a young teen and discussing how she tried to understand fit in I thought high school was difficult enough, I can t imagine going through it having come from overseas and experiencing culture shock the way Claudia Poser did And even though there were cultural differences, still wondering what it meant to like a boy Seeing the 60 s through the time the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 via a German woman who was an American as well was highly intriguing This story opened my mind and made me consider what it would be like to move abroad and try to fit in

  6. Cherie Magnus Cherie Magnus says:

    Her story of immigration to the U.S and life long homesickness is classic Her first 13 years in Germany colored her life forever after All immigrants can identify with her nostalgia and longing for home.While beautifully remembered and written, for me it had too many details, too many flights back and forth to Germany from the States, too many shifts in time lines, too many friends and family characters with similar names, and it was too long It was hard to keep track of the story which had Her story of immigration to the U.S and life long homesickness is classic Her first 13 years in Germany colored her life forever after All immigrants can identify with her nostalgia and longing for home.While beautifully remembered and written, for me it had too many details, too many flights back and forth to Germany from the States, too many shifts in time lines, too many friends and family characters with similar names, and it was too long It was hard to keep track of the story which had little action except for the huge moment of the fall of East Germany The story is very Germany centered and family focused I would have liked to knowabout her two husbands and her work.Nevertheless I enjoyed reading about life in East Germany and the author s struggles to find peace

  7. Jaimie Bruzenak Jaimie Bruzenak says:

    This was a fascinating memoir of a woman who emigrated to the U.S with her family She was born in East Germany, spent the first few years in West Germany, then came to the South Though she now considers the U.S her home, she has never given up her German citizenship What is most fascinating is her descriptions of early childhood and her visits home to both Germanys I too felt nervous every time she crossed the border into E Germany, wondering if the family would end up detained Even afte This was a fascinating memoir of a woman who emigrated to the U.S with her family She was born in East Germany, spent the first few years in West Germany, then came to the South Though she now considers the U.S her home, she has never given up her German citizenship What is most fascinating is her descriptions of early childhood and her visits home to both Germanys I too felt nervous every time she crossed the border into E Germany, wondering if the family would end up detained Even after the unification, she beautifully portrays the difference in peoples after years for the East under communism I also found her description of her schoolmates interesting and the difference in focus compared to how she was being raised I recommend this book

  8. Debbie Spendley Debbie Spendley says:

    Wunderbar Wundebar A wonderful, wonderful story of a young girl who is transplanted to South Carolina from her idyllic life in Germany, as a result of her Dad being transferred by his German company to the company s offices in South Carolina Having lived in Germany for 2 years, I was able to relate easily to her life in Germany and she gives Americans the opportunity to see America from the eyes of a foreign young woman Very interesting insights She also writes so beautifully about trave Wunderbar Wundebar A wonderful, wonderful story of a young girl who is transplanted to South Carolina from her idyllic life in Germany, as a result of her Dad being transferred by his German company to the company s offices in South Carolina Having lived in Germany for 2 years, I was able to relate easily to her life in Germany and she gives Americans the opportunity to see America from the eyes of a foreign young woman Very interesting insights She also writes so beautifully about traveling into and out of East Germany during the Cold War to visit relatives and the emotional sacrifices that she and he family were forced to endure

  9. Fran Fran says:

    I really enjoyed this biography Her perspective was fascinating, and the documentation of her changing views and feelings was well done I love biographies, and this one did not disappoint The author is only a few years older than I am, so the book spanned a time period I knew well I understood and sympathized with her culture shock, wishing I could tell her that even some of us Americans might have felt similarly Her attention to detail, the food, clothing, how they lived, helps make this I really enjoyed this biography Her perspective was fascinating, and the documentation of her changing views and feelings was well done I love biographies, and this one did not disappoint The author is only a few years older than I am, so the book spanned a time period I knew well I understood and sympathized with her culture shock, wishing I could tell her that even some of us Americans might have felt similarly Her attention to detail, the food, clothing, how they lived, helps make this biography especially interesting, and a record of places in a time of history that might otherwise be forgotten

  10. Daria Adams Daria Adams says:

    I loved this book Claudia Poser paints vivid pictures of her life in drastically different locales You can almost see the color draining from the world as she travels from West to East Berlin as a young girl She evokes a clear sense of place as at age 13, she moves to the deep south in America I found this story so compelling because it tells the rare story of a child living through one of the most dramatic times in 20th century western history Absolutely fascinating I haven t stopped seei I loved this book Claudia Poser paints vivid pictures of her life in drastically different locales You can almost see the color draining from the world as she travels from West to East Berlin as a young girl She evokes a clear sense of place as at age 13, she moves to the deep south in America I found this story so compelling because it tells the rare story of a child living through one of the most dramatic times in 20th century western history Absolutely fascinating I haven t stopped seeing the pictures in my mind

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