A German from the Ukraine

An Immigrant's Journey to Oregon

Walter Ratzlaf

"An exceptionally well-written and inherently interesting life story that is enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of 71 color and black/white photos, A German from the Ukraine : An Immigrant's Journey to Oregon is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Biography & Memoir collections.” —Small Press Bookwatch, March, 2022

Walter Ratzlaf was born in the small Ukrainian town of Zhitomir at the height of the greatest armed conflict the world has ever seen. Though his family of German heritage had contributed to Ukrainian society for generations, they were forced to flee for their lives ahead of the Russian advance after the battle of Stalingrad. A German from the Ukraine recounts the sometimes harrowing, often poignant journey of a young boy and his family as they make their way to the safety of Germany, and eventually to Portland, Oregon after World War II. With a unique perspective, Walt documents the struggles, hopes, and joys of an immigrant family as it forges a new life in the United States. With millions of immigrants continuing to seek safety and freedom in America, A German from the Ukraine will not only resonate with readers today, but far into the future.


ISBN 978-1-7328753-1-9
6 x 9, hardcover, 144 pages, 71 color and black-and-white photographs

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