Interview with Robert Bohle

What kind of book is this?
It is a real life adventure story, factual and in a historic setting. It describes the wartime environment within which these events took place and the impact that environment had on myself and my family. It seems to me that today's teenagers should read a book like this because it represents substantially different environment within which they live. A reality show in a book form.

Both an adventure and a personal history. It reflects the actual events but, as important, it describes the environment within which these events took place.
Why did you chose the title "The Russians are Coming"?
Twice during the ware we fled because the Russians were coming too close for comfort. We ware aware of the atrocities that the Russians were capable of. I doubt whether we, especially my mother and sister, would have survived such a horror.

Close to the end of the war, after we had fled to Hamburg, we gave serious consideration moving further West when we heard artillery fire coming from the East. Fortunately that did not become necessary.
What prompted you to write this book?
My main purpose was to provide my children and grandchildren a written record of my wartime experiences I don't believe that there are many books written from the perspective of a teenager during the war.

While my adventures were unique to me, many teenagers during this time were personally challenged by events out of their control. Many met those challenges successfully but never recorded their experiences for posterity.
On reflection, what are some of the lessons you learned that helped you later in life?
I realized that I was able to deal with difficult situations calmly and quickly. I also learned that, even when afraid, concentrating on the objective and taking action helps you deal with fear.
Tell me a little more about the environment you experienced?
It really was an environment everybody experienced. There were moments of peace and tranquility alternated by periods of great terror. Long air raids starting at night as the British began bombing, later followed by the American bombers during daylight hours. To get another perspective I included excerpts from my mother and younger sister. My sister was strongly influenced by her experience as an adult, eventually diagnosed suffering from PTSP.

Even so, as the war continued life took on a strange sense normalcy.
Published 2016-11-13.
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Books by This Author

The Russians Are Coming...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,810. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Family history, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
These are stories of a young boy’s experiences and survival during war torn Germany. Abandoned by his boarding school as the Russians were coming. He found his way home, not knowing the address but going on faith. He and his family fled to Hamburg as the Russians were charging towards Berlin. His mother, an American citizen survived an interrogation, but feared for her safety throughout the war.