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Survival: A Story of Friendship – Part 2-bookcover

By: Alice Weil

Survival: A Story of Friendship – Part 2

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Survival: A Story of Friendship – Part 2 is about the voyage Freddy and his mother, Helene, take to escape Europe and the ravages of World War II. After promising Sigmund on his deathbed that they would reunite the family in a peaceful and friendly country, they make their way via ship to Colombia, the country Nellie had made her home just as the Nazi movement in Germany was gaining momentum. After their safe arrival, Freddy is forced to look for work in order to support his mother and himself while adjusting to new surroundings at the same time. After some fortuitous, work-related encounters, Freddy decides to not only run his own lingerie business but produce the raw materials he needs himself.

This is the story of how someone who was unable to complete school or go to university, due to strictly unfortunate circumstances, had the vision and skills to found a company that would provide jobs and well-being. Thus giving back to the country that granted him what the German Nazi government had taken away from him: his nationality.

Alice is half-American and half-German. She grew up in Colombia and attended a French and German school, therefore being fluent in four languages. She has three children and seven grandchildren. After having travelled all over the world, she immersed herself in the spiritual teachings of India and lives by these teachings which have enabled her to serve others thus living her Dharma, or life’s purpose. This is her first novel.

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  • Santa Maria

    A genuinely mesmerizing account of a family in the post-World War I, Survival: A Story of Friendship Part 2 by Alice Weil is a sequel that continues the narratives of Freddy, Helene, and Nellie as they reconnect on foreign land as a family. Fulfilling Sigmund's only wish for the family, life had to continue in Colombia in the company of Abraham, their dear friend.
    The war was slowly ending as the three were now living in Bogota, where Freddy had become a fine young man. He acquires a love for business while working as a fantastic salesman. With the help of Abraham, Freddy became an established Colombian citizen, a feat he longed for quite some time. He started a business while successfully running it in its early years with his newfound love, his wife, Vera. Unbeknownst to the workaholic, who Freddy is, this starting company would play a massive role in the Colombian economy today.
    However, there is more to that than meets the eye; the story genuinely shares the deep roots of the author's family and how they adjusted when they migrated from the European lands to Colombian soil, with Nellie finding love in Arturo, and Helene's realizations in life, all the while keeping in touch with their origins in Europe with the help of the Red Cross foundation. Despite having gone through a couple of misgivings and with the loss of their beloved husband and father, Sigmund, they still saw themselves as fortunate compared to the majority of German families who were forced to live through the war.
    A dumbfounding book with the most captivating story, Author Alice Weil did a remarkably authentic recollection of the archives of her ancestors. In addition to this, the book accurately dictates historical information of the places and people involved in the story. I was able to put myself in the characters' shoes quite easily with the vivid description and accuracy of the settings. The book is an easy read with chapters flowing from one viewpoint to another in smooth transitions, and without a doubt, worth every second of the time I have spent reading. Once you start, it's going to be difficult to quit!

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