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I have never considered myself as artistic, although I have a love of books, theatre, opera, museums, art galleries, and believe writing is a form of art.
Every person on the planet has a story to tell; some stories are more traumatic and sad compared to others. My story is a true story, it has the drama of being taken away from my beloved Prague when it was invaded and occupied by the Russians in 1968, to the other end of the World Australia.
I was a 9 year old child as a refugee in a strange country.
Also I was a prisoner in an oppressive and abusive home environment.
It also has sadness and then a great joy, as well as travel and adventure, and meeting interesting people and enjoying new cultures and lands.
I believe that even though I experienced some distressing and dark times, I also experienced some fantastic times and great joy.
My friends and family have encouraged me to write this book, because of its unusual nature. It has taken years before I finally decided to write this book, I enjoyed writing it but also in doing so, it is frightening because you are telling your true story, and parts of your personal life, to the World. I am therefore, hoping it will help other people who may have found themselves and/or experienced similar situations.
This is my first book, I really hope my readers will enjoy it.
BOHEMIAN DAUGHTERS: FAMILY QUEST by Anttonia Barten
by This Week in America with Ric Bratton
It was August 1968 and nine-year-old Anttonia Barten was enjoying her last day of summer camp in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, when she was awakened by hundreds of planes soaring overhead. The Russians had officially invaded.
In a gripping narrative, Anttonia chronicles her journey after her mother and stepfather kidnapped her and took her to Australia to escape the war, never telling her biological father. While detailing how they all embarked on a new life, she also began what would become a twenty-year search to find her father only to lose him to cancer just a year after they are reunited.
Throughout her moving story, Anttonia reminds all of us that no matter what our challenges in life, we are strong enough to endure.