The Wild Place by Kathryn Hulme
Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. 275 pages ; 21 cm. $3.75 dust jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE WILD PLACE
This book is the winner of the Atlantic $5000 Non-Fiction Award. It tells the experiences of an American woman who from 1945 to 1951 worked with UNRRA and IRO to rescue, rehabilitate, and resettle the more than two million homeless who were found in Germany at the end of World War II.
The Wild Place — Wildflecken — was what the Germans called it, meaning a place of wild beauty. Here, deep in the Bavarian forests, Hitler had hidden a camp for his elite — his ski troops and S.S. And it was here, to this remote community among the fragrant pines and snow-clad mountain peaks, that a resourceful handful from the United Nations — Dutch, Belgian, Venezuelan, New Zealand, French and American — brought food, reunion, and hope to the homeless humanity adrift in Germany after the Nazi defeat.
Kathryn Hulme, a Californian, was the Deputy Director of Wildflecken. For five years she shared in the vitality and exasperation, the irrepressible gaiety, the loyalty and despair of this stripped little world, to which America was a beacon of hope. She and her co-workers prepared these men and women, these children without a country, for a new lease on life. Her story, engrossing and compassionate, is alight with scenes which lift the heart and make us proud of the indestructible integrity of man.
Miss Hulme is a writer of power, understanding, and spirit. When she writes of humanity unconquered by fear, brutality, homelessness, or disease, she writes with humor and a compassion close to tears. Her people of Wildflecken are too vivid to be forgotten.
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