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Making A Run For It From Berlin To Texas Book Two
by Larry Thompson

While young Manny Kaiter will mature to become the man who marries Buddy Holley's sister, in this volume, he faces more threats to his life. He and older brother, Siegie, play with explosives and loaded wartime weapons. They face incredible dangers, including the feared rape of his mother. He tries to grow up normally in the aftermath of war torn Germany. His efforts culminate, at age 16, in an attempt to flee the East German Communist menace in a boat cobbled together by his father by crossing the Baltic Sea to Sweden.

Chapter 1

Things were pretty dreary after Gunther left. Since we weren't on the road running from the Russians and the SS, Siege and I bad time to locate things. We discovered that Castle Willigrad had its own little theater. We found it, and we investigated it. We returned t...





Chapter 2

I swung the bazooka around and started around the cottage behind Siegie. He stopped suddenly. I bumped into him and almost dropped the bazooka.

Siegie said, Yikes!” The grenade slipped from his hands.

I gasped, “What’s wrong?”

...





Chapter 3

I guess the Americans had been in Willigrad for about three weeks when they found a school teacher. They rounded up all of the kids who had come to Willigrad and put us in a building. The teacher had been a retired train conductor. They pressed him into service as a...





Chapter 4

Just before the Russians arrived, Siegie and I were sitting on the curb where we had sat when the Americans arrived. Dad was in the kitchen in the great hall of the castle. Mom had gone for a quick visit in the chapel with the other women and children. The other wom...





Chapter 5

The Commandant sat uneasily on his horse. He looked down at Dad. He had previously told Dad that he liked him because Dad was the only German who could speak the mother tongue, Russian, in a God forsaken country. He turned in the saddle, and looked up and down the r...





Chapter 6

Dad drove all night, slept the next day, and drove all night again. He believed that very few people would be on the roads at night. Few if any German citizens had gas of any kind. The Russian army had gas, but the army wouldn't be out at night wasting fuel, because...





Chapter 7

Mom cried.

Siegie and I cried.

Luther cried too, but he cried because all of us were crying.

Dad just stood there with his arms around us. He said, "I know it looks bad now, but things have looked bad before, and we've made it. Don't worry. I'll fi...





Chapter 8

Breakfast was pretty quiet that morning. The bread was good, but we didn't talk much. I wondered what we were going to do. I know Mom was worried about it. She ate with her head down. After breakfast Dad took all of us outside and talked to us at the trailer.

...





Chapter 9

Monday morning Dad set about showing Mom how he could make vodka. He assembled a couple of metal milk containers and some tubing he had found somewhere. Whenever he was out looking for work, his mind always catalogued and stored odd bits of information about things ...





Chapter 10

Dad was gone four days, and we paced anxiously awaiting his return. On the third day, we heard a knock at the door, and I went to see who was there. I opened the door, and an old farmer, about five feet seven, with floppy hat, large mustache, thin face and pointed n...





Chapter 11

The next morning Dad came to Siegie's and my room to wake us for the big day. Mom and Dad had let me spend one last night at home before Schultz and his wife were to come and pick me up. Dad stepped into our bedroom and said, "Siegie, Manny, it's morning. Get up."





Chapter 12

Grandmother went into the house to change into dry clothes, and Grandfather found another place to hide his piglets. A few days later, about a week before my tenth birthday, Grandfather received a message from Dad that I needed to come home so that I could get back ...





Chapter 13

Birthdays and time passed. I had made a commitment to myself and to Grandfather. I was determined to keep that commitment. When I returned to Jarmen after my tenth birthday and enrolled in school, I became the best at everything I did. I applied myself in school and...





Chapter 14

During the next week at Insel Ruegen, I watched the boat traffic from the brick mason school. The school was on a high point on the island near the boat traffic. As I laid brick during the day, I kept my eye on the comings and goings of the boat traffic. When I saw ...





Chapter 15

Scared out of our wits, we stood frozen. Then, slowly, the spotlight moved, and the government’s boat continued upstream. My knees were shaking so bad that I couldn’t stand. I slowly sank to a sitting position on the boat.

Dad said, “We&rsquo...





Epilogue

Manfred returned to Sassnitz to complete his education. At the age of seventeen, a full year ahead of most of his classmates, he graduated. He teamed with five other of his classmates who graduated a year ahead of their classmates, and became the leader of their wor...










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