FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH – an inside account of Hitler’s Germany

This is the true, personal account of one German soldier’s experiences in Nazi Germany – before, during and after the War.  A story of combat and captivity – of courage, deception, and survival – FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH addresses the issues facing German World War II veterans.

An unrivaled account of Hitler’s Germany – honestly and candidly told, FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is a remarkable document of value to post-War generations, as well as historians and students of World War II.


E-BOOK: The first book ( THE PREWAR YEARS) will be free, the second (THE WAR YEARS) and third (A NEW BEGINNING – FROM POSTWAR GERMANY TO SOUTH AFRICA) will be priced at 2.99USD:


PAPERBACK: The combined book (FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH – a memoir of Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa)  will be available as an “omnibus” paperback (12.99USD) and ebook version (4.99USD).

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Cover Image: The author listening to Radio Dresden on a Crystal Detector Radio




Excerpt from “For All It Was Worth”:

“My grandfather, vintage of 1871, was a Dekorations-Malermeister, a master house painter, and with this in Germany important qualification, and as he had his own business, he belonged to the established middle classes. He was spared the losses associated with the 1923 hyperinflation because he had no bank or savings accounts to speak of. At this stage my own family was in the lucky position to own also practically nothing, so they had nothing to lose.

He was, however, not only a house painter, but he also had studied painting at the famous Dresden Art Academy and painted some beautiful oil paintings. A few I have salvaged over all these years. Often I looked at them, reminiscing about the times with my grandparents, and the memories of Dresden as it was then, before the 1945 fire storm and virtually total destruction of the city.”

In 2016, an oil painting my grandfather had painted of the ‘Frauenkirche in Dresden’ and which was the pride and joy of our sitting room – and for which he became quite famous in Dresden – was discovered by my son for sale at a Dresden Art and Antiques dealer.


“As a youngster he was apprenticed to Walter Kolbe – later to become a famous sculptor – before he studied Painting in Dresden. This, apparently, did not work out and eventually he became a house painter by profession, and a very successful one.”

Update: we contacted Joachim Noack and – fortunately – the painting had not been sold! Another example of the power of the internet!