***** 5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspiring and very highly recommended reading for those seeking memoirs of immigrant success stories, February 8, 2010
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)

This review is from: My Heritage, My Destiny (Paperback)

  The search for freedom is rarely done in one swift motion. My Heritage, My Destiny is the memoir of Baiba Kreger as she flees the struggles of Latvia only to end up in Germany, devastated by the Allies campaign towards Berlin. Living under the threat of bombs, she slowly escapes Germany for America, where she finally makes her mark and lives her life. She also discusses returning to her homeland later in life. My Heritage, My Destiny is inspiring and very highly recommended reading for those seeking memoirs of immigrant success stories. Help other customers find the most helpful 

*****5.0 out of 5 stars True story of survival, February 3, 2010
By Reader Views "" (Austin, Texas) This review is from: My Heritage, My Destiny (Paperback)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (02/10)

I often think as I read autobiographies like this that it must be terribly hard to do, but at the same time be therapeutic. As we take this journey with the author, once again we will come to realize that there are some very cruel individuals in the world. As we look at this through the eyes of a young girl, we even have a hard time comprehending, much less realizing what a young child will think.

For many of us we take life for granted - we have never been starving, beaten, lost our home or our families, or been shuffled from one place to another just trying to find a "spot" to call our own.

This is the story of Baiba, her family, and their trying to survive through the war. The author's detail on the history and times is incredible and well researched. She provides maps, photos and memories from others who survived. It is also about being successful in your own way, doing what is important for you and not others. It's about love, abuse, family and death.

As I read "My Heritage, My Destiny" by Baiba Kreger, PhD, I learned about strength and hope. The author tells this story through her eyes with vivid attention to events good and bad. Her initial reaction to coming to America is daunting and filled with rejection. She is thankful to all those that helped her and her family, but how do you throw a young child or adult into a country where they can't speak or understand English? Maybe the next time we complain about "those foreigners" coming to our country, we should look at what they have been through to get here.

****4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memoir, May 20, 2008
By Timothy Collins

This review is from: My Heritage, My Destiny (Paperback)
This is a good book. While it is rough in some places, overall this is an incredibly good book. The prose is fluid and well written, and her life story comes out vividly from it. It's absolutely incredible, especially for a first book!