HEIMAT by Paul Marzell
Heimat is an epic story of emigrants leaving post-WWI Germany in 1929 for America, intending to return someday to Neisse, their Heimat, as successful American citizens. Before leaving Germany, one emigrant’s plan began unraveling in Berlin’s Bahnhof, where he saved the life of an American diplomat. His heroism created a friendship with the diplomat and the three other emigrants that sustained them through misconceptions of the American dream, the Great Depression, assimilation into American culture, and WW II. However, the war severed contact with their families and sent them on separate paths. To a shipyard to build the means to carry destruction to Germany and their Heimat. Into the US Army to fight the Japanese in the Pacific after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor. Conscription into Germany’s Wehrmacht to invade France and Russia and fight against Americans in the Battle of the Bulge. And to the Nuremberg trials to bring Nazi war criminals to justice.