Charlene Quint Kalebic

Book Review by Book Critic John Cowans

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cowans, Book Critic at www.BookPleasures.com, wrote this lovely review of Angels of Ebermannstadt, which is now on Amazon.com:

The sepia photograph on the cover of this tidy little book shows eight small girls dressed in first communion white, holding hands. They are standing outside a church in a small village in Bavaria sometime during the latter days of WW II. They are the Angels of Ebermannstadt, so called by the photographer, an American soldier, Richard Quint, an infantryman who was part of the US force that liberated the village of Ebermannstadt. This is the story of that soldier and his return to that village fifty years later with his daughter, Charlene Quint Kalebic,who joined many allied veterans in 2004 traveling to France and Germany for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. Charlene Quint Kalebic is a practicing attorney residing in Lake Forest, IL. She holds a B.A.in accounting and business administration, from Augustana College and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. She serves on the Board of Regents and as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. This book is not just the story of a soldier’s return to the places where he fought a war years before; it is the story of a reunion and an ensuing friendship; the key by which we gain entrance to the tale is the picture of the little `angels’. In the early 90′s Richard Quint sent his picture to the Burgermeister of Ebermannstadt who published it and identified the `angels’ then in their 60′s; in 1995, Richard and his wife returned to the village to be reunited with these ladies. So began a friendship which was continued in 2004 with Richard’s return to Europe for the D-day celebrations. There have been many quest books written through history, many in recent years, of soldiers returning to places where they did battle. The reasons for these returns are as varied as the soldiers themselves and every one is deeply personal; often these visits were simply to prove to oneself that indeed the places still existed; more often they were returns to visit the graves of comrades. Richard Quint’s reasons are these, of course, but there is more to this moving story; there is a spiritual quality to it which is the obvious undying love and devotion of a daughter for her father. It is this last element that makes The Angels of Ebermannstadt so worthwhile. Charlene Kalebic’s book is nicely presented with many interesting photographs, a proud tribute not just to her father but to all ordinary fighting men who by their commitment to freedom were extraordinary.

 

For this and other reviews by John Cowans, see http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/authors/511/John-Cowans.

 

 

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