Near the Danube Bridge

A Story of Faith, Courage, and Endurance

by Catherine Allen-Walters



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/21/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 332
ISBN : 9781665750516
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 332
ISBN : 9781665750523

About the Book

Kalman Hartig (1930-2021) was born into an affluent family in the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He was exposed to music, art, and literature at a young age. After joining the American Seventh-day Adventist movement that had been sweeping through war-torn Europe, he discovered how difficult life would be living in what would become communist Yugoslavia while adhering to his religious beliefs. He was sentenced to two years hard labor for being a conscientious objector. He drew from his knowledge of Bible stories and classical music works to preserve his sanity and his life. After surviving the cruelty of the labor camps, he naively believed that he had proved his faith to God. Little did he know what new challenges lay ahead. His wife, Hermina (Minka) Kirchner, experienced her own war horrors as a child. Kalman and Minka and their children escaped the communist regime. Together they struggled, loved, and healed.

About the Author

Catherine Allen-Walters, a professional violinist, has a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in humanities. She has studied the history of religions and historical literature having always held a fascination with world cultures, ethnicities, and people’s varying degrees of religious adherence and differing beliefs. She works as a private tutor and violin instructor and enjoys crocheting in her spare time. Catherine resides in Escondido, California with her husband, dog, and two cats.

Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo, a licensed realtor, enjoys the excitement and challenges of the real estate industry. She is an enthusiastic vocalist and performs regularly with the prestigious Bonner Singers and periodically with the Fallbrook Chorale. Elisabeth was born in Serbia and grew up in Germany. She continues to speak German fluently with her friends in the San Diego North County Deutscher Stammtisch. She lives in Fallbrook, California with her husband and two dogs.