New memoir 'Fighting for Road Apples' recounts story of Sudeten Germans
Author Erika C. Stevenson desires to give a voice to the Sudeten Germans, an oft-forgotten group who experienced the hatred and xenophobia present throughout World War II. In her new book, "Fighting for Road Apples: A Memoir" (published by iUniverse), Stevenson chronicles her personal experiences as a German in Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic).
The Sudeten Germans were ethnic Germans living in Bohemia. Following World War II, the Czechoslovakian government held these Germans responsible for what the country endured under Nazi rule. As a 5-year-old, Stevenson faced hatred for being a "N?mec" - a Czech word for Germans. Her people are forced to wear the letter "N" on their sleeves to signify they are a N?mec. Her people are forced to walk on the street, not the sidewalk, and to be inside by 7:00 p.m. Stevenson is not even allowed to use her native language in public.
When the Czech president returned from exile, he immediately began the process of cleansing the country of the German diaspora. The Sudeten Germans were stripped of their possessions and expelled from their homeland. Several thousand were murdered. Many died as a result of hunger or illness associated with being a refugee. "Fighting for Road Apples" presents Stevenson's experiences as a young girl facing hatred