Small Feet on the Run is a WWII book written by Sieglinde Martin. She had asked about 16 people to tell their stories about growing up as a small child during WWII. You may think that the stories would be sad, considering the topic, but they all had hope of some kind. They went into great detail about what it was like to be moved out of their homes, or having to go to air raid shelters whenever the sirens went off. Travelling by train wasn’t easy as the cars were always jam packed with no facilities,and worrying about keeping the family together. They also talked about what it was like to go hungry and worrying about where to get their food. They had food ration coupons, but food was extremely expensive, since it was in short supply. The ones that lived on the farms were a little bit luckier, since they could grow their own food and then sell it or batter it for supplies they needed.
At the end of each story she asked them if the war affected them somehow. It was nice to hear how they coped afterwards, kind of like a sequel to their stories.
Ms.Martin was kind enough to have a map and gave details about the city, 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 the 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 like 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.
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.