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True Story: Nowhere’s Child, Paperback by Kari Rosvall, Naomi Lineham (2015)


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Nowhere’s Child: The inspiring story of how one woman survived Hitler’s breeding camps and found an Irish home 
by Kari Rosvall (Author), Mrs Naomi Linehan (Author)
Paperback – 1 October 2015
‘This is a beautifully written story. Of healing and love – and pain. Reading this book is like sitting in front of Kari, listening to her opening her heart to you’ Irish Times
I never knew how or where my life began. I have been on a journey to uncover my past. It has been hard at times, discovering the truth, but there is one thing I have learned – that there is light in even the darkest place, and hope carries you through.
Kari Rosvall’s early life was shrouded in mystery until, at age 64, she received a letter through the post. In it was a photograph of herself as a young baby – the only one she had ever seen. This was the first step towards her discovery of the dark secret of her conception.
Kari soon learned that she was a Lebensborn child, part of Hitler’s ‘Spring of Life’ programme, which encouraged Nazi soldiers to have children with Scandinavian women in order to create an Aryan race. And so began a journey back to her roots: to Norway, where she was taken from her mother and sent to Germany in a crate to join the other Lebensborn children, and to post-war Germany and her eventual rescue by the Red Cross from an attic.
Nowhere’s Child is a remarkable story of reconciliation and of forging new beginnings from a dark past. Ultimately, for this woman who set up a new life in Ireland, it is the life-affirming account of what it really means to find a place called home.
About the Authors

Kari Rosvall was born in Norway in 1944, during the Second World War. She grew up and spent her early life in Sweden, and in 1997 moved to Ireland, which she now considers her home, with her husband Sven.
Naomi Linehan is an author, journalist and documentary-maker. She was born in Dublin and grew up in Zambia. Belonging is her third book.
Her first book, Nowhere’s Child (Kari Rosvall’s story), was published by Hachette in 2015. It soon became a number one bestseller and has since been published internationally and translated into three different languages.
Vicky Phelan’s acclaimed memoir Overcoming, ghost-written by Naomi, was published by Hachette in 2019. It was a number one bestseller and the winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year Award 2019. It was also named as the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year 2019.
Naomi worked in radio for many years, in flagship current affairs and features programmes on Newstalk. She has also written for The Irish Times, produced a series for RTE television and has worked in the areas of international development and social entrepreneurship.
Product details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Books Ireland (1 October 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1473609461
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1473609464
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.02 x 1.91 x 20 cm

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Weight 0.300 g
Dimensions 20 × 15 × 3 cm


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Nowhere's Child



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Adults, Young Adults





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Health, Opinion of the People, True Military Stories, True Stories, War, Warfare, World History, World War II

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288 Pages


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