From There to Here is the life story of Herman Haenert, an American citizen who spent his youth in Germany first under Nazi and then Communist rule. Haenert recalls his early years during World War II and his subsequent oppressive life in East Germany—nightmares from which his family eventually fled to the United States. Their escape allowed the young Herman to come of age in a country he regards as a land of freedom and opportunity.
In sharing his experiences and successes over the years, Haenert presents a detailed and informed perspective on the last eighty years of US history and reflects on how that history informs America’s current political landscape.
This sweeping memoir follows one man’s journey as he escapes the turbulent Germany of his youth and builds a new life as an immigrant who cherishes his American opportunities.