Small Feet on the Run is a WWII book written by Sieglinde Martin. She had asked 16 people to tell their stories about growing up during WWII.
All these stories had hope in them. The children would find ways to amuse themselves. Like Annemarie would dress her Aunt’s dog in dresses and scarves. Ingrid found watching the activities at a Makeshift hospital new and exciting. Surprisingly, they would also collect bomb shrapnel to trade like baseball cards. Even in an air raid shelter, they can find amusement. Like this one gentleman had to use a pot for a helmet, and had trouble getting it off. The kids found it amusing, though the parents, of course, did not.
They also had to travel long distances by trains that were so packed, you could only carry a few things, and no facilities, only when the train stops and they can use the outdoors. One little girl, Anna had to travel alone. Her parents had to leave her behind at a hospital since she was too sick to travel. She had gotten some money from her father and was able to use that for a ticket. She had help from a couple of lovely ladies as well.
I liked how the kids thought the American Soldiers were nice. The Soldiers would even give some of the candy.
At the end of each story, she asked the storytellers if the war affected them. It was nice to hear how they coped afterward, kind of like a sequel to their stories.
She even gave her own story, which I thought was a nice touch.
Ms.Martin was kind enough to have a map and gave details about the cities and regions, which is nice when you’re not very good at geography. She also gives definitions for German or Russian words, in case you didn’t study those in school.
At the end of the book, she goes into great detail about how the war would affect the economy. Some of those numbers seemed staggering, you wonder if Politicians really understand the complexity of it.
She even talked about how it would affect climate change, which I found fascinating.
You wonder how people can go to war. I mean we are all humans, how can we just kill innocent people as they did in WWII? They hadn’t done anything wrong, yet they still get punished. And the Governments don’t seem to care about stuff like that when they go to war.
I agree with Ms. Martin, we should get rid of war. But that may never happen. Maybe if we get rid of all the weapons? But that seems like a daunting task. Maybe someday we can live in Peace. But for now, we can only hope. No more war is a slogan Ms. Martin uses, maybe we should all start saying it.
I had learned a lot from this book. But the main thing I learned, is that people are resilient. No matter how hard things are in life, there is always a silver lining. People learned to make do with what they have and know exactly what is important, mainly their family and health. As long as you have both of those, you can overcome anything. Even if you don’t, you still push on, no matter how tired you are.
If you are a fan of History or a WWII buff, then I would highly recommend reading this book. And even if you aren’t, it is a fascinating read. It’s like sitting with your Grandparents and listening to them telling their stories of their past.