Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lizzi & Fredl

Title: Lizzie & Fredl: A Perilous Journey of Love and Faith
Author: Dr. William B. Stanford
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc., 2008
Pages: 424
Source: Review copy

Lizzi & Fredl was one of the most intense books I have read in a long time. It is the story of Lizzie &Fredl Steiner. Born and raised in Austria, they fled to France along with Fredl’s two brothers and their wives to escape helping Hitler in his war. For years Fredl and Lizzie were separated. She and her sister Elise would escape or be forced to leave one city in France for another. Often they had no jobs or had to perform work they were not used to. Their husbands on the other hand were put in work or interment camps or detention centers. They fought long and hard to make their way to America to start a new life. This is their story. The atrocities the French people and those living in their country were terrible. I learned so much from reading this book that I had never known before. Near the end of the book they talked about the emotions they felt when they saw the Statue of Liberty and I cried. I felt the emotions they felt. For me that part was very realistic. Ten months after 9/11 my husband, daughter, and I found ourselves in New York. We took a trip around the island. I remember seeing the Statue of Liberty. I had to sit in my seat as I was so overcome with emotions. I felt what she stood for in my heart. I was able to relate my feelings to what the Steiner’s felt. This is a must read. Especially for anyone who loves this time period in history or loves reading memoirs. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5.


  1. Thanks for taking part in 9 for '09.

    This story is so hopeful. I am glad that their story can be shared by all readers.