A World Elsewhere

A World Elsewhere

An American Woman in Wartime Germany

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Penguin Putnam
The extraordinary love story of an American blueblood and a German aristocrat?and a riveting tale of survival in wartime Germany

Sigrid MacRae never knew her father, until a trove of letters revealed not only him, but also the singular story of her parents’ intercontinental love affair. While visiting Paris
in 1927, her American mother, Aimée, raised in a wealthy Connecticut family, falls in love with a charming, sophisticated Baltic German baron, a penniless exile of the Russian revolution. They marry. But the harsh reality of post?World War I Germany is inescapable: a bleak economy and the rise of Hitler quash Heinrich’s diplomatic
ambitions, and their struggling family farm north of Berlin drains Aimée’s modest fortune. In 1941, Heinrich volunteers for the Russian front and is killed by a sniper. Widowed, living in a country soon at war with her own, Aimée must fend for herself. With home and family in jeopardy, she and her six young children flee the advancing
Russian army in an epic journey, back to the country she thought she’d left behind.

A World Elsewhere is a stirring narrative of two hostages to history and a mother’s courageous fight to save her family.


Random House, Inc.
The extraordinary love story of an American blueblood and a German aristocrat—and a riveting tale of survival in wartime Germany

Sigrid MacRae never knew her father, until a trove of letters revealed not only him, but also the singular story of her parents’ intercontinental love affair. While visiting Paris
in 1927, her American mother, Aimée, raised in a wealthy Connecticut family, falls in love with a charming, sophisticated Baltic German baron, a penniless exile of the Russian revolution. They marry. But the harsh reality of post–World War I Germany is inescapable: a bleak economy and the rise of Hitler quash Heinrich’s diplomatic
ambitions, and their struggling family farm north of Berlin drains Aimée’s modest fortune. In 1941, Heinrich volunteers for the Russian front and is killed by a sniper. Widowed, living in a country soon at war with her own, Aimée must fend for herself. With home and family in jeopardy, she and her six young children flee the advancing
Russian army in an epic journey, back to the country she thought she’d left behind.

A World Elsewhere is a stirring narrative of two hostages to history and a mother’s courageous fight to save her family.

Baker & Taylor
The author chronicles the amazing life of her mother, who left her wealthy Connecticut family at the end of the 1920s to move with her husband, a German baron, to a farm north of Berlin, and whose life was subsequently turned upside-down by World War II, during which she lost her fortune and her husband and was forced to flee Germany with her six children. 20,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The author chronicles the life of her mother, who left her wealthy Connecticut family at the end of the 1920s to move with her husband to a farm north of Berlin, and whose life was subsequently turned upside-down by World War II.
"Sigrid MacRae's wonderful family memoir is set in the turbulent time of WWII. Her mother, who married a Russian exile in the late 1920s, wound up a widow with six children after her husband was killed fighting for the Germans. After finding a long-unopened box of love letters between her parents, MacRae set out to discover the father she never knew, and in the process came to understand the extraordinary, bi-continental and multigenerational history of her family"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670015832
0670015830
Branch Call Number: 943.0864 M2448w 2014
Characteristics: vi, 310 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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