Living a secluded childhood at a manor until age six, until the family lost their estate during World War One, Ilse and her unwelcoming, widowed father move into a small Munich apartment. As a young teenager seeking confidence and acceptance among her peers to survive in a hostile world, she becomes involved in the Nazi movement. Coexisting conflicts between good and evil within her, lead Ilse into heart wrenching experiences that eventually destroy her both emotionally and physically. Throughout the novel she encounters good people as well as uncouth and depraved individuals.
The Epilogue documents what transpired to those in Ilse’s Fate who survived the Nazi/Holocaust era. The Afterword details how the experiences of the real people are portrayed through specific characters in the novel. For example, I show how my father’s Report on Dachau, describing his experience as a prisoner at the concentration camp, is portrayed in the story, as well as its impact on his life after Dachau.
David Solmitz has been a socially conscious educator having taught for over 40 years, 30 of which were at a rural Maine, high school. He began his teaching career at a progressive, international school, the Ecole dâ Humanite in Switzerland. He taught English at Shantou University in the Peoples Republic of China. He also taught at Thomas College and Kennebec Valley Community College in Waterville and neighboring Fairfied, Maine. Ilseâ’s Fate is his third book. His first "Schooling for Huaminty: When Big Brother Isnât Watching" describes his career as a controversial high school teacher. His second Piecing Scattered Souls: Maine, Germany, Mexico, China, and Beyond is a family memoir. He is also a watercolor artist. He and his wife, Jing Ye, live in Waterville, Maine, where she is a psychotherapist at Colby College.