Here in America, it’s difficult to imagine life without the freedom of making individual choices. The blessings of freedom have been available for many generations, typically allowing many who desire it the opportunity to obtain a good education, get a job in the field of their own choosing, build wealth, experience freedom of religion, enjoy having a family and deep, trustworthy friendships, and chase after whatever their personal American dream happens to be.
In his book Freedom’s Nightmare, author and speaker Harald Zieger tells the amazing and miraculous story of how he escaped former East German communism to come to America and live out his American Dream — only to discover that things weren’t as he had expected once he got here. Much to his distress, he began to notice a pattern. One that looked all too familiar to what he and his family had fought so hard to escape.
Many people tried to discount the initially subtle warning signs that he was seeing about a decline in the American standard of living and loss of freedoms saying, “No, Harald. There’s no real need for concern. Things like centralization will never happen in America.” Then a few years later, those naysayers became very curious and interested to know more about his story.
Since Harald Zieger is someone who grew up behind the iron curtain, reading his story offers insights into what life was like under socialist and communist rule that the reader is not going to easily find anywhere else. The fact that he and his family experienced much of the history that he writes about in Freedom’s Nightmare makes it come alive with suspense, passion and emotion.
Harald Zieger shines a spotlight on the dark politics that brought depraved German leaders into power and catapulted Germany into the position of a diabolical world power. At the same time, he also pulls back the historic iron curtain to show how the lives of the everyday person, the innocent, and even businesses were frequently impacted and often destroyed through a tyrannical government that functioned through the corrupt, absolute power of a cancerous dictatorship.
His journey through the government mandate of serving in the communist army taught him some life lessons and gave him some experiences that those living in a free country would never imagine. There were times when he sensed that certain things weren’t quite right, but speaking out could mean political imprisonment at best and death at worst.
He might have been totally lost in all of the indoctrination if it hadn’t been for a beautiful and savvy woman of faith named Christiane who eventually became his wife. Her Christian upbrining and the Biblical insights that she shared with him on the sly in a culture hostile to that belief system were the seeds that sprouted into a boldness in Harald, pushing him to take on the system and dare go after the dream of a better life for them.
For more information about Freedom’s Nightmare, please check out the Barnes and Noble website or the Tate Publishing website.