Years Without Hope


This Review:★★★★☆

Average Rating: 4 ★★★★☆

A quite moving and gripping story; Years without hope is a translated memoir that details the turbulent post WWII years in the life of Werner Juretzko – who grew up in Silesian Germany, fought for the Nazis against the Russians at the end of War, then escaped to the West, was recruited as a Spy, went back into the East Zone against the Russians, was captured and then spent years from prison to prison, awaiting and serving a sentence for espionage.

Much more than the bare facts though; this is an enthralling tale that drags you along every bump of Werner’s formative years, and spares no punches or heartbreak in describing the helplessness of internment, the sense of betrayal at abandonment, the callousness and ridiculous rules of his captors, or the yearning for freedom by all the various inmates he meets along the way.

Written from memories etched into his soul, this is a must read for anyone wanting to truly understand what the early part of the Cold War was actually like for those who lived it.
Date Added: 02/20/2012 by Darren Pulsford