Monday Matters - Annette Janic "War Child"
“War Child” is the true story of Magdalena (“Leni”), an illegitimate child born in pre World War 2 Germany. Leni and her mother live in poverty in a country sliding towards war. At school, Leni joins the Hitler Youth, leaving school at 14 to work to support her family. A sadistic employer forces her to submit to secret systematic rape or face having her mother interned.
Fleeing the advances of the Red Army, Leni and her family survive on their wits, and she is transformed from a meek, frightened girl to protector. In the post-war chaos she falls pregnant to her Yugoslav boyfriend, subsequently marrying him, and enduring appalling conditions in Bagnoli Refugee Transit Camp, before migrating to Australia.
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