Ida Louise Wittke Albrecht’s life is the story of World War II that was never told: a view seen through the eyes and heart of a girl who grew to motherhood in the palm of adversity. The shadow of death hovered over Ida most of her life. Born into a childhood of brutal abuse, she grew up in Romania as the unrest brewed that would bring about World War II. Shortly after she married, she fled her home in an attempt to escape the loss, suffering, and horror around her. As a mother in war-torn Europe whose husband was called to duty, she and her children were displaced from camp to camp, from town to town, and from country to country. Ida’s courage to press on with her children stands as a testimony to the sustaining power found in God’s love. Her faith pulled her through the struggle for survival and braved her against the horrors she witnessed. Though fear was continually with her—she was even forced to face death itself—her trust in God’s plan gave her strength in both body and soul to do the impossible. This is a book of hard truth that will help students and future generations comprehend the suffering and challenges that people like Ida Louise Wittke Albrecht endured in her search for freedom and safety. Her life is proof that God is good to those who believe . . . no matter what comes. Cover Art by Kylie M. Westlake, granddaughter of the author.