Title: We Were Not Alone: How an LDS Family Survived World War II Berlin
Author: Patricia Reece Roper, Karola Hilbert Reece
Review: This story is unbelievable. It is a true story of miracle after miracle. It seems as if it is more a story than a real life tale. It is an account of an entire family of eight who survives the pre, war, and post WWII. It follows the struggles of the mother and her four daughters while her husband and sons are away working or in the German army. It shows us that even in the hardest of times, God is with us always. He constantly blesses the Hilbert family, who, in turn, blesses the lives of those around them.
I hadn’t really thought about how things could get worse after the war ended, but for this family, being in occupied Berlin after the war, it became almost unbearable. With God on their side, they are able to see his hand stretched out to them as they struggle to live day to day. It is a story of overcoming evil through unbeatable faith in the Lord. It is a must read.
Thank you to our guest reviewer Heather….thanks Heather.
Publisher: Published June 7th 2003 by Deseret Book Company (first published June 2003)
Quick Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Why I Read It: The title alone made me want to read it
Where I Obtained the Book: It was a gift.
Synopsis: This true account of how one LDS family survived World War II Berlin is more astonishing than many fictional accounts of the era. To those who recognize the Lord's hand in our daily lives, however, this inspirational story will become another powerful witness of the truth that faith in the Lord and His purposes can grow even when the world around us is full of darkness and terror.
Author Biography: Patricia has had multiple articles published in all three LDS magazines. As a stay-at-home mother of eight, she can help you find the time to get your stories told.
Kay H. Reece was raised in Berlin, Germany from April 1938 to April 1956 when she immigrated to Utah. She experienced the impact of WWII in Berlin, the conquering of the city by the Russian Army and the starvation time that followed the end of WWII. The problems of a divided city dominated her teenage years. On November 8, 1960, she married William Lewis Reece, Jr. Together with her daughter, Patricia, she authored the book, "We Were Not Alone: How an LDS Family Survived WWII" which was published by Deseret Book.