A rare intimate account of a resourceful girl's adventures as she sets out on her own in a quest for kwledge and freedom. It is an inspiring story of hardship, courage, and hope, told with wit and charm. Born stateless in a village in Germany, without any citizenship, the girl without a country has to satisfy the demands of the law for n-citizens. She seeks a better life by immigrating to Australia, but t before falling in love with an American soldier. Their touching love story develops across the oceans. Trying to obtain a visa to visit her love in America, she is forced to return to Germany to have her passport for foreigners extended. The irony is that she has to be in Germany first before she can receive permission to return to Germany. A girl without a country has right to travel. She manages the impossible by taking, without proper documentation and without resources, a remarkable journey from Australia to Germany, traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, India, and Turkey. The reader is held in suspense as, against all odds, she finally succeeds in her quest. Readers may more deeply appreciate their own citizenship after reading this book.
Rosemarie Schulga grew up in Germany during World War II. Her Russian-born father, stranded in Germany after being released as a prisoner of war in World War I, was not given citizenship. Arrested again when World War II broke out, little did he know his young daughter was taking in everything around her-both frightening and wonderful-and storing them in her heart. Now an American citizen living in Tucson, Arizona, Rosemarie has studied art and Russian at the University of Arizona, is married and has two grown daughters, Sonya and Tanya.