THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN by Henriette Roosenburg


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Deceptively undramatized, this builds up into one of the most moving and absorbing stories of the liberation of a group of political prisoners from a prison in southeast Germany. Dutch members of the underground, the three girls and a merchant seaman, after the horrors of internment and imprisonment, with the war's end, were at low ebb physically, but their spirit was indomitable, and together they achieved the impossible- they made their way back to Holland in five weeks of adventure, peril, setbacks through devastation and chaos of Germany, the relative comfort and security of Belgium. Most of the area was in Russian hands; they had a passport of sorts, but encountered blocks in illiterate guards, in threats of being assigned to DP camps, in problems of securing transportation of any kind. From the horrors of the prison with its strange recourse to devices to keep hold of reality and sanity, to get news, to eke out bare sustenance -- any measure of freedom was intoxicating. And one shares the hour by hour tensions and the grim determination to win through. True adventure. The author is now living in America.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1956
Publisher: Viking