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[Following is an official review of "Near the Danube Bridge" by Catherine Allen-Walters.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Kalman Hartig was born in 1930, a time when the world was experiencing political tension. His father was an Evangelical, whereas his mother was a Seventh-day Adventist, and one of Kalman's earliest and most complex decisions was to choose between the two denominations. Unbeknownst to him, his faith would cause him difficulties, including trouble with the authorities.

Near the Danube Bridge by Catherine Allen-Walters is a family biography researched by Elisabeth Hartig, Kalman's daughter. The story spans Europe and North America, tracing over three generations of two families from the eras of world wars. The struggles of these family members (Hartigs and Kirchners) to overcome adversities and persecution will leave you in tears and joy.

Kalman, the book's protagonist, is an exemplary figure not only to his offspring but to readers too. His resiliency and firm hold on his faith are worth being emulated. It amazed me how he didn't give up despite years of imprisonment and persecution, hoping for the best. I also loved the book's touch on history, such as WW2 and the evolution of American immigration laws. It was bone-chilling to read how WW2 soldiers walked into homes and murdered people. Another fantastic feature is the story's flow. The narration was easy to follow because life events were orderly without any confusion. Including photos and letters exchanged in different timelines added more flesh to the biography. This book made me often wipe a tear, yet it also strengthens believers to keep their faith firm and dreamers to never give up.

I couldn't see any dislikes in the book. It was also professionally edited. Only in fiction do we see characters willing to be tortured for their faith; this is rare in real life, and getting an example like Kalman restores hope. Therefore, I rate Near the Danube Bridge 5 out of 5. I recommend the book to lovers of inspiring biographies.

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Your detailed review of "Near the Danube Bridge" by Catherine Allen-Walters is insightful and heartfelt, capturing the essence of the family biography and its impact on readers. Your appreciation for the protagonist's resilience and the book's historical context is evident, making your recommendation compelling.

Thanks for sharing your reading experience with us!
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A touch on history of America and a story of resilience is a good taste of coffee to enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoroughly written review.
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capturing the essence of the family biography and its impact on readers. Your appreciation for the protagonist's resilience and the book's historical context is evident, making your recommendation compelling.
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The detailed background of Kalman's birth in a time of political tension, his familial background, and the early decision to choose between Evangelicalism and Seventh-day Adventism set the stage for a compelling narrative. The mention of the challenges and difficulties Kalman faced due to his faith adds a layer of complexity to the story.
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I love that other real-life events are included in the book. There seems to be of things to learn from such as the resilience of some of the persons in the book. I look forward to reading it.
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Thank you for your detailed review! Your insights have piqued my interest, and I'm excited to dive into the book. Your review convinced me it's a must-read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - they've inspired me to explore further.
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Thank you for your valuable insights, your review built interest in me to read this book. Great information is given by you about the book, thank you for that.
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I am very much awaited to read this book, Your review motivated me to read this book ASAP. The way you inculcated the details of the book in a very clear manner is impressive. Thank you
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