The Bones of My People

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The story of the capture, imprisonment and survival of Gertrud Baltutt, a German civilian in East Prussia who was transported into forced labor in the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. Gertrud was transported to the Ural Mountains in Russia, where she was forced to do hard labor in the forests and the nearby steppes of the Ural region.

After three and a half years of forced labor, she was returned to Germany, and not knowing their fate, began the search for her children.

Although I credited my late mother-in-law as the author, I am the one who actually wrote the book, which I adapted from a German-language transcript of her oral history that was taken by my sister-in-law, Rita Baltutt Kyle.

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