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Author Uncovers Ancestor's History

Recalling family's journey from Dresden to America


LONGWOOD, FL -- When Gisela Greitzer's grandchildren began asking for help with their school assignment to uncover the family ancestry, she discovered that the more they learned, the more intrigued they became. Greitzer's own extensive research coupled with her father's thoughtfully documented family history sparked memories which inspired her to write On The Other Side Of The Fence ($14.99, paperback, 9781613790083). This book is a compassionate, thoughtful and humorous description of one family's exciting endeavors through the years until their ultimate emigration from Germany to the United States. The reader will learn about the life and most interesting ancestry of the author's family, as well as the history of a culture, people and nation.


In On The Other Side Of The Fence, Greitzer covers the personal recollection and touching account of her ancestors' journey from Dresden, Germany in the early 1900s through the horrifying years of World War II. This story takes the reader along on the family's desperate flight from the Russians in 1945 that brought them to Bavaria where they encountered their first Americans. The Greitzers then struggle through the difficult postwar years of trying to readjust and rebuild their lives.


Gisela Bierling-Greitzer is the second child born to the eleventh generation of the Bierling family in Germany. She now lives in Westchester County, north of New York City, with her American-born husband. On The Other Side Of The Fence is a memoir founded on personal experiences and recollection of the author, as well as stories told by her family members and well-preserved ancestral documents. Information on historical events cited and referenced in this book has been retrieved from various books, magazines and the Internet.


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. On The Other Side Of The Fence is available online through,, and

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