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A child is born in a time of war and, when she is five years old, her father, a soldier in the German Wehrmacht, is killed in battle. Not until that child is grown will she understand the full horror of her country's role in that war. Then begins a long and painful reckoning, a quest for identity and a way to remember a father beloved but nevertheless on the wrong side of history. Marie Pal-Brown's moving and beautifully written memoir faces, without flinching, the complexity of that reckoning. Daughter of the Enemy is both a personal and social history--it recounts how a ravaged people survived the hardships of WWII and postwar Germany and succumbed to the silence surrounding the Holocaust. It weaves, from the frayed strands of memory, a fully human accounting of coming to terms with hard truths, finally creating a tender memorial to the father lost in war. This is a journey, and the journey is a story that has been waiting to be told.
Marie-Pal Brown was born and raised in a small town near Cologne, Germany. After completing her education in England and Munich, she emigrated to California. With a background in applied language studies, she has coauthored three books of lexicography. Her poetry has been included in various anthologies. She resides in Long Beach, California, with her husband, the actor Garrett M. Brown.