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Forged By Fire

A History of German Immigration in Southern Brazil

by Astrid Kepler Neitzke



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/14/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 286
ISBN : 9781973689843
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 286
ISBN : 9781973689836

About the Book

Hard-working and straightforward people of unshakable faith who leave footprints that their descendants will follow!

The book, written in a romantic style, will absorb you. You will be involved in stories of secure and resilient families who build successful companies.

The Author is Astrid Kepler Neitzke. Her father, Otto Kepler, is a first-generation immigrant. Her grandfather, Adolfo, was a courageous and tireless explorer, who came from Europe as a teenager. The Kepler Weber company started with blacksmithing and is today known worldwide in the agribusiness sector in the post-harvest stage of the grain production chain.

Astrid is his youngest daughter, who was born when her parents’ life was at its peak. As a baby of four months, she loses her father! What he left behind gave her lasting impressions that shaped the course of her life.

A huge treasure! Her mother, Fanny Stillner Kepler, continues to lead the family, keeping them happy together in the small town called initially New Württemberg and today Panambi, where until the Second World War, they also spoke the German language.

Astrid discovers that her grandfather, Vincenz Stillner, a native of Austria, was a street boy in Vienna, who became a beloved and respected pastor in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Kepler family continues to work and have faith. Other families are connected, like the Richters, the Rehns, the Stillners, and the Neitzkes. Astrid marries Ari Neitzke.

The Author upholds the cheerful and adventurous humor she inherited. People forged by fire which left a legacy to be remembered and imitated.

About the Author

ASTRID KEPLER NEITZKE is Brazilian of German descent. She graduated in Accounting. Her work in the family business made her travel internationally.

She married at 23. A dedicated wife, loving mother of three happy children, grandmother of five boys, and involved in society and social works in Brazil and abroad.

Neitzke’s collected memories narrated in a beautiful story: images of love, faith, and trust in God unwrapped in a personal way.