A Living Nightmare

From the memoirs and stories told by Anneliese Pitt

Non-Fiction - Memoir
160 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2021
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Author Biography

Anneliese was born in pre-World War 2 Germany, which is now modern day Poland. She struggled through her early life before escaping East Germany and finding her way to Canada. In her later years, Anne spent much of her time hand making dolls and sewing quilts before working on her autobiography.

After Anneliese shared her desire to publish her story, Ghislaine, a close friend, decided to help in her quest to write it. Laurette, Ghislaine’s sister, signed on to write the book with them as she felt the story was worth telling. Together the three organized Anneliese’s notes and memories to weave her tale of survival.

When Ghislaine is not writing or promoting her book, she spends her free time with her three children and 11 grandchildren on her peaceful retreat amongst the trees. Laurette recently moved to British Columbia so she can be near her son, daughter and grandchildren. In her free time, she continues to work on various projects. Sadly, Anneliese succumbed to Covid shortly after her book was printed.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Anneliese Möwis Pitt was born in 1929. She had three sisters and her parents, who all lived in Landsberg, Germany. Although denied affection and love by her mother and sisters, she was content and happy because life was good. Things took a nosedive when her father was taken to a concentration camp, and accused of betraying the Reich by helping the Jews. When World War 2 was over, much of the country, including her hometown, came under Polish territory. It was then that Anneliese's mother and sister abandoned her at the young age of fourteen. Thrust into an unwelcoming world on her own, follow Anneliese on this journey through A Living Nightmare, from the memoirs and stories told by Anneliese Pitt to Ghislaine Raymond and Laurette Leblond.

I was waiting to exhale! The level of pain, betrayal, wickedness, and inhumanity to man broke me. A Living Nightmare by Ghislaine Raymond and Laurette Leblond lived up to its name. Anneliese was one of the strongest persons I’ve heard of or read about. Her grit, perseverance, strength, and hope, even when she felt like giving up, I dare say, qualifies her for sainthood. Ghislaine and Laurette documented Anneliese’s story so beautifully. They painted vivid pictures that activated my imagination and scrubbed raw at my emotions. Anneliese lived an eventful life that I doubt one book can adequately capture. I cannot get over the betrayal by her mother and Dora, especially Lotte. Anneliese was a survivor, and I’m glad her story became a book. Thank you, Ghislaine and Laurette, for a humbling reading experience.