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Inge’s War

Svenja O’Donnell uncovers long-held family secrets, interspersing her own research and travel with stories from her German mother and grandmother.

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Review of ‘Inge’s War’

Svenja O’Donnell was never particularly close to her grandmother, Inge, whom she describes as an “aloof, somewhat selfish woman.” Unexpectedly, though, when O’Donnell visited the East Prussian town where her grandmother grew up, Inge suddenly announced during a phone call, “I have so much to tell you.” Thus began what the author calls a “decade…

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