“Seek the Truth, Embrace the Pain, Cherish the Freedom.”
Spirited Madeline “Maddy” McAllister is a twenty-one year-old journalism major completing her year as an exchange student at the Freie Universtität, in Berlin, Germany. She has a career to launch.
Stalwart Katia Mahler is a sixty year-old German invalid who grew up in post-World War II East Berlin. She has a story to tell.
Enigmatic Oskar Schultmann brings together the journalist and the storyteller. Maddy's task: to chronicle Katia Mahler's life.
All three of them discover more to Katia's story than they bargained for.
Cultures and generations clash, as the young American and the German matron strive to understand each other's present and past. Maddy learns more than a personal history; Katia receives more than a memoir. And always in the background is Oskar, who gets drawn into the story in ways he never intended.
Peek behind the Iron Curtain and over the Berlin Wall as Katia's story—the story of a lost generation from a failed state—comes to life through the scribbled notes of a girl struggling to grasp the significance of what she has written for her own life as well as for future generations.
Bruce Judisch was in Berlin when the Wall fell. A gallery of photos he took before, during and after that historic event are on his Web site at www.brucejudisch.com/katia.htm .
Bruce was also interviewed on the local CBS affiliate in San Antonio, KENS Channel 5, on Nov 9 th , the 21 st anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A link to that interview is also available via the above link.