Ingrid Rimland - Lebensraum !
Book 1 - A passion for land and peace
This is the first of three novels spanning 7 generations and 200 years. It depicts the founding of two vast wheat empires by Russian-German pioneers. The period covered is roughly from 1989 to 1914 - the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Lebensraum I, author Ingrid Rimland, offers up an epic saga recounting the exploits and accomplishments of a proud and precious people, intricately etched upon the panorama of history. Lebensraum, Book I, A Passion For Land And Peace, lays a firm foundation for this important work.
Book 2 - The theft of land and peace
The power of the Czar has diminished considerably. Nonetheless Apanlee is, for the most part, a peaceful and prosperous place, notwithstanding the occasional fly in the ointment. Dominik is the illicit son of Apanlee's patriarch, Hein Neufeld, as a result of his earlier indiscretion with the peasant woman Natasha. Though Hein and his wife, Marleen, have taken Natasha and Dominik into their home, the boy seems intent on begrudging his illegitimacy. Dominik grows to be a bitter and spiteful young man, stirred only by the revolutionary writings of Uncle Benny - which he, of course, interprets in the context of his own feelings of alienation and inadequacy. When Dominik is called away to fight in the Czar's army, even Natasha cannot help but feel some relief.
In this volume, Russian German pioneers experience World War I and its aftermath in the Ukraine, and the Depression in the prairies of the Midwest.
Book 3 - The dream of land and peace
In the wake of the bloody Bolshevik Revolution, Russia is beset with chaos and violence, exacerbated by a state sponsored campaign of terror intended to enforce the collective agenda. At Apanlee, on the Ukrainian steppes, fields once lush with grain now lay virtually barren. Hein's bastard son, Dominik, has been sent by the Communist Party to administer the estate as a state-run collective farm, as its rightful heirs are summarily dispossessed. Marleen and her remaining children - those who've survived the slaughter - are relegated to the hovels of the peasants. Still they do not, and will not, relinquish their dignity.
Proclaimed by many readers as the most dramatic volume in this trilogy, Book III tells of how World War II was experienced - by Russian-Germans supporting the war, and by American Germans opposing the war.
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