Author Mildred Janzen at Cloud County Tourism on June 11

Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin: One Woman’s Remarkable Escape from Nazi Germany
Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin: One Woman’s Remarkable Escape from Nazi Germany

Author Mildred Janzen will be at Cloud County Tourism, 130 E 6th Street in Concordia on June 11th at 10 am to answer questions about her book “Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin.”  Mildred, a long-time resident of Ellsworth County, Kansas will also be available to sign books at the event.

The book tells the story of the peaceful farm life of a teenage girl in Germany abruptly upended when WWII comes knocking at her family’s door. One month before her sixteenth birthday, Mildred “Mickchen” Schindler and her family are captured by Russian Soldiers. Having already survived life in Hitler’s Nazi Germany, they now face the terror of a new enemy—Stalin’s Red Army. 

Driven from their home, Mildred and her family become refugees along with a sad, slow-moving caravan of other families who have suffered the same fate. Cleverly disguised by her mother, Mildred avoids being taken to a work camp until one morning when authorities arrive unexpectedly. Her father has already been taken by Russian soldiers, and now she is taken from her mother and brother.

Mildred recounts, in meticulous detail, her treacherous journey and the roller coaster of raw emotions she experiences —fear, regret, loneliness, humility, perseverance, and defiance.  Mildred’s odyssey of making her way home and finding her family in a war-torn countryside takes many riveting twists and turns. The discovery of a secret, hidden document offers hope for a brighter future. 

The book is available for purchase at the Cloud County Tourism or can be requested through interlibrary loan from the Frank Carlson Library.  The event will be sponsored by Cloud County Tourism, Daughters of the American Revolution Nathan Edson Chapter, and Concordia First United Methodist Church.