Spoils of War


Spoils of War

This is a historical novel about three families  from Eastern Europe.

The story describes their attempts to survive  on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.

This book is not about heroic actions, it focuses on how the conflict affected women and children.

Certain things in the book are true of most modern conflicts:

Universal Elements of Modern Conflicts

While the book is about a specific conflict, many of the themes an in the book are common to most wars and revolutions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

  • Many victims of conflict never manage to escape.
  • Among refugees at least a few of the apparently innocent victims are actually perpetrators of the atrocities.
  • War is not necessarily the action of heroes and it brings out the worst in people.
  • Many of the worst war criminals are the biggest idealists. Idealism is a good thing, but it should be an individual choice and not imposed on others.

The story on Tereska’s studies of Russian history.¬† It weaves together stories from people who were there, other primary sources and information from archives of the period.


Novel about life during the Second World War on the Eastern Front.