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Thanks Gunter. I am so happy to meet you. I really got into your book and was amazed with what you and your family experienced. Something that we in US have never experienced and I wonder so often, how we would fare. Your suffering and displacement has given you such an appreciation of life. Thank you for sharing your early life with all.
Hi Gunter. Thanks very much for the note. I haven't read Faust's Metropolis yet but have heard good things about it. I'm currently reading 'The Hitler Myth' by Ian Kershaw. I'll definitely check out your books as well.
I'm sorry you had to live through such a difficult period of history. My grandmother Ursula grew up in Wuppertal during the late Weimar and Nazi years. She rarely spoke about the war except about the RAF bombings on May 29, 1943. She remembers running as the bombs were destroying apartment buildings around her. She also had a profound dislike for the Russians, probably due to the occupation after the war. She never spoke about it. I'm in the process of researching our family history but I do not speak or write German so am having difficulty requesting the appropriate documents from Wuppertal.
I give you all the credit in the world for enduring such difficult circumstances, migrating to the U.S., and building a life here. I know she found it difficult at times and preferred to keep her green card rather than becoming a U.S. citizen.
I hope this note finds you well and look forward to conversing with you again. Regards, Jason.
Hello again, I finished "Stretch" and enjoyed it. Was glad to read that life got better for you! Now I would like to know how your trip to the USA was and about the adjustments you had to make. Also, you have my curiosity up, how tall are you? Please let me know if you write another book.
From Sunny Florida
I finished reading "Weeds Like Us" yesterday. I was also born in 1937. I enjoyed reading "Weeds" and started reading " Stretch" right away. My eyes have been opened to the hardships families had to go through to stay alive. My thoughts have always been with the soldiers. Thank you for sharing your childhood with us. My grandparents came to the US before World War I. My brother was stationed in Germany in 1955 and was actually able to locate some of our distant relatives.
I just finished "Weeds Like Us" and "Stretch", and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed them both. The story of your early childhood during the end of WWII and after is quite amazing, and it's certainly an educational and eye-opening read. I was unaware of the level of poverty among Germans and refugees after the war. Your second book had some interesting observations about various German reactions to the war in the years afterward. Are you doing any writing about your time in the US?
Interesting............an old acquaintances father was conscripted into the german/nazi regime...he was a film-maker who was forced to produce propoganda films for the nazi-effort. His family was allowed to leave germany if he stayed and did these films....ended sadly as you can imagine. Please add anything you like.....Im not big on rules or form.....
Yikes! We don't know each other, but I read your post on a friend's site about losing your whole "shelf"! I hope you have found a solution! I'm author of some books on nutrition but also one about Katrina and Rita (MUDDY WATERS: The Legacy of Katrina and Rita), which can only be found if at all through the American Public Health Association ... but also OBJECTS OF OUR AFFECTION, which touches on World War II as it traces my family's life in the military. Viel Gluck with the re-shelving or -- preferably -- recovering your shelves!
Hi Gunter...I got your message and happy you are able to correct the issue with the Shelfari account and Amazon. I will continue to follow you and Thanks for all your Help & Troop Support! Looking forward to reading your books. Have a Great Summer!
Reggie Zapata, author of Desperate Lands.