Klaus M. Schwarzenholz born in Germany, migrated 1972 to Australia, holds a degree in psychology from the University of Tasmania
What happened in 1945 to Silesian refugees and the city of Dresden lead to the attempted to write the book as a biography but the the information from the few survivors of his family was too fragmented and finally wrote the story as a novel based on the historical events but with fictional characters
In 1945 the German Reich was in its death throes. From the Eastern provinces people flee to the west. Two thousand people from a small town use horse drawn wagons to cross the vast frozen country. Thirty kilometres from Dresden they observe the fire-bombing and total destruction of the city.