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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Api's Berlin Diaries." by Gabrielle Robinson.]
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Api's Berlin Diaries by Gabrielle Robinson takes a deep dive into the events revolving around both World War I and World War II, with a lot of focus on the latter. However, this documentary is as unique as they come. Going through the diary of her grandfather, who lived through both wars, Gabrielle Robinson would discover that her grandfather had been a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, also known as the Nazi Party. This would be a troubling discovery that would not only eventually lead to the creation of this book but also her feelings of guilt while questioning herself and her late grandfather, Herbert "Api" Frese.

I must applaud the author for summoning the courage to not just face the guilt and embarrassment that came from her German origins and her discovery of her grandfather's membership but also present her findings to the world while hoping to arrive at "some degree of accountability." We all know that things in life are never just black or white, and it is the many shades in between that Gabrielle Robinson has gone to extreme lengths to uncover in this book, offering herself and readers the opportunity to make a well-informed, compassionate judgment.

The first thing I liked about the book was its well-researched nature. The author takes us back to the early twentieth century to experience Api's influences, military background, and growth in character and profession. While Api's diary and her mother's lockbox provided some of the information presented in this book, the author goes the extra mile in presenting research from other publications and other testimonies from witnesses of the events around that period. In a series of highly emotional visits, she also takes us to many of the places where past events occurred in modern times, and we get to experience the progress that has been made since those horrible events.

The author was also very detailed in delivering Api's story, especially in the fall of Berlin in 1945, making it very easy to picture all the scenes in vivid colors. My emotions ranged from sadness and anger to pity while I witnessed the horrific incidents that occurred. From the rape of numerous women to consistent bombings that left dead bodies and injured people all over the place, the author doesn't hold back in narrating Api's experiences and how helpless he felt since he could not use his medical skills to help anyone.

Central to the book is the author's discovery of Api's involvement in the Nazi party, as I mentioned earlier. Gabrielle Robinson explores numerous thought-provoking questions regarding understanding this discovery. One of the questions that piqued my interest the most revolved around political responsibility. Are we all responsible for the acts of our government, even in silence? I liked that the author was as honest as possible and presented as many facts as she could lay her hands on, even though the subject is someone she loved and respected so much. She also does well to point out areas where she was biased in her opinion, which was expected, and she doesn't alter any of the truths and leaves room for readers to make their own opinions.

Api's Berlin Diaries has to be one of the most touching, intriguing, and engaging historical pieces I have ever read. Gabrielle Robinson writes with a passion that shines through a dark and confusing period to bring us clarity through our assessment of the facts. The book was devoid of any grammatical or typographical errors, so it was exceptionally edited. I cannot think of anything I do not like about the book as well. Therefore, Api's Berlin Diaries deserves the maximum rating of four out of four stars. If you enjoy historical nonfiction or are interested in experiencing World War II in Germany in detail, this is the perfect read for you.

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I've read a lot of novels on major wars as a historical fiction fan, but I'm excited to read this one since it stands apart from the others in its own manner. Loved reading your review, thanks for the same!^^
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Post by Katso Puku »

Thanks for the review, i love history stories and this one sounds very unique because it is not totally fiction and will be a really interesting read.
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Post by Amelia A 1 »

this review was really informative. it definitely made me want to read the book. I've always been intrigued about the reality of living during a war and I might just have to give this book a read. good job
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Thank you for your review. I too am interested in reading it. I don't, however, feel that I am responsible for the actions of my ancestors.
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Though, I've not lay my hand on a historical stories. However, I enjoyed reading this review, and I'm thinking of getting the book to read. It will definitely be a valuable opportunity for me reading a life that lived during the World War till the present.
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Many atimes, it's not possible to turn back the arms of time in order to correct our mistakes. Gabrielle just have to forgive herself being a German and forgive Api's involvement in the Nazis acts. It's unfortunate a man can not easily right the wrongs of many powerful men, especially during war.
Thanks for a great review, O will consider adding this novel to my shelf
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This is an awesome piece. I am a fan of historical books because history gives me a sense of belonging a purpose. Definitely reading this book soon.
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I like the idea of using someone's diary to tell a historical story. It feels more true and full of emotions in my opinion. Thanks for your review!
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History of both the world wars cannot be forgotten, and the impacts of those wars, could be underestimated.
Thanks for the review.
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I watch a lot of war movies, and it feels surreal to have a war thriller too. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for the review.
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