Ingeborg E. Ryals’ Memoir Recalls Life Beneath Heel of Nazis, Soviets

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New book covers liberation from Third Reich, oppression of occupation forces and escape to American sector of Berlin.

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I want the world to know of the realities of the Second World War from a German perspective.

“The Tears of War” (published by iUniverse), a new memoir by World War II survivor Ingeborg E. Ryals, reveals the oppression and torment suffered by German citizens in the wake of the fall of the Third Reich.

The author was a sheltered teenage girl in 1945 when the Red Army occupied her village in what would become East Germany, and her chilling account details how the Soviet occupation force cruelly abused the civilian population it had liberated from the scourge of Nazism. Rape, disease, and malnutrition were just a few of the indignities Ryals endured; her situation only worsened when the Soviets sent her to a labor camp on an island in the Baltic Sea.

A daring escape enabled her to make her way to the American sector of Berlin – and a new life of freedom – but at the nearly unbearable cost of leaving beloved family and friends behind.

“I want the world to know of the realities of the Second World War from a German perspective,” says Ryals. “To understand that we were not all Nazis and that we also suffered.”

The Tears of War
By Ingeborg E. Ryals
Hardcover |5.5 x 8.5 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781475932744
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781475932737
E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781475932751
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ingeborg E. Ryals was born in Berlin, where she met her American husband who, after World War II, was responsible for restoring the postal and telephone service. After their marriage at Kronberg Castle, they settled in Florida, where they raised their children and ran a successful grocery business.

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