History Told Through a Family Lineage

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New book imparts little known portion of European history through the lives of one family

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While much of the history of Poland, Russia and Germany is well known to most, the preceding 200 years are not; and many events after World War II remained hidden behind the Iron Curtain. The new book Dogs on my Heels: The Story of a Family (published by AuthorHouse) by Edmund Arndt chronicles the lineage of the Arndt family and how they came to be swept up in the tragic and catastrophic events of Eastern Europe following World War II.

When the German Princess Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst became the Tsarina Catherine the Great, she issued her famous “Manifesto”. Contained within it was a provision to encourage Germans to migrate to the Russian Empire. With the promise of free land, freedom of religion and exemption for military service, thousands of German settlers flocked to Russian held territories.

Members of the Arndt family migrated to Kuyavia in Russian Poland in 1790 and started to homestead in Smolniki. Dogs on my Heels chronicles the hardships that the family endured and the fruits that their labors produced.

As the family endeavored to lay down roots and build a lasting legacy, the tribulations and strife that plagued Eastern Europe continued to encroach upon their lives. Still, they endured.

At the conclusion of World War II, the Soviet army and hordes of national extremists forced tens of millions of ethnic Germans out of Soviet held territories, including Poland. The second half of Dogs on my Heels tells the horrific tale of the fate that befell those driven from their homes, including the Arndt family.

Dogs on my Heels is a captivating journey through a little known segment of European history told through the experiences of a family that lived through them

About the Author
Edmund Arndt was born to German parents in Osieciny, Poland in 1940. He grew up in postwar West Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1967 with his young family. Edmund and his wife Ursula now live in Prince George, British Columbia.

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