You will not forget these heartbreaking and very scary situations

Captain Hank Bracker’s book, Suppressed I Rise, puts you right there in Nazi Germany, experiencing horrible and very scary situations. And these are true stories!

The stories come from the manuscripts of Adeline Perry, a South African who married a German who insisted they move to Germany so he could serve in Hitler’s army. While he did that, Adeline and her two girls were swiftly captured and sent to France, essentially to become slaves there.

Adeline goes through hell – and I mean that – to protect her young daughters, including bombings, abuse by ruthless Nazis, and other horrid things.

Hank, a member of our military, married Adeline’s youngest daughter Ursula, who helped him pull together her mother’s tragic story.

I’ve never read any account of Nazi Germany like this, and it was both sobering and insightful.

And here’s the really good news: Adeline and her girls persevered, and eventually, once the war concluded, got out of Germany, ending up in the United States, where life was much better and kinder to them.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Adeline for writing her stories and to Hank for publishing them.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.