Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xvi

Displaced Person is a marvelous story in many ways. It is an inspiring rendition of the American dream: a young girl born to German parents in the USSR, caught in the maelstrom of the Second World War, assigned for seven years to a refugee camp in Germany, offered the chance to come to America, and, after some hardships...

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Acknowledgments

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p. xvii

First and foremost I wish to thank Theodor Puder, my step-father. When I was hungry, he fed me. When I was barefoot, he made shoes for my feet. When I needed shelter, he provided. And for my future, he moved to America. God bless America for taking us in and for giving us homeless a home. Thank you to Joseph and..

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Russia

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pp. 1-31

Mama screamed. It was almost an inhuman shriek that sounded like it came from an animal in pain. It broke the stillness of the muggy Mississippi dawn and brought the whole family out of our beds and to our feet. “Theodor! Theodor! Where are you? Hurry up! Oh dear God, what have I done in my life to deserve...

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Germany

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pp. 32-167

Joy, joy!We have arrived in the land that our forefathers left many years ago, the land of paradise. We are going to live in Berlin. When Oma was telling us about the Germany her parents left for a better life in Russia, it sounded like a fairy tale....

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America

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pp. 168-244

After ten days at sea we stood at the railing of the USNS General Harry Taylor watching the skyline of New York slowly floating by. On 27 April (same date as in my dream), our troop ship sailed past the Statue of Liberty. We anchored in New...

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Epilogue

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p. 245

In 1955, life at Belhaven College, a Presbyterian school predominately for women, brought new adventures every day, but sharing these experiences with my family was impossible. I felt guilty leaving my family because they were having such...