Memoir

Going to America

In 1961, I had left Germany for London to discover the world. Now it was five years since I had lived in England, but I didn’t see a future there. Every year I had to re-register at the Home Office with a letter of employment. It was unsettling. It did not make me feel secure. …

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My First Visit to America: New York 1964

In 1964 Mr. Grey suggested I might want to visit New York to get a glimpse of America. His office helped me to get a visitor visa and I bought a flight and hotel package with TWA. I had dreamed about America, the skyscrapers, the opportunities it offered and the different life style people lived. …

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Becoming a Stewardess

One Sunday morning, Mr. Grey was looking up from his newspaper. “Would you like to see Texas and work as a Stewardess?” he asked me. There was an ad that says an airline in Texas was hiring new girls for their airline. He suggested I send a letter and see what happens, and I did. …

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My Adventure Begins

I had been working at St. Mary’s hospital in London for some time when an opportunity came knocking on my door. A private patient, Mrs. Grey wanted to see me when my shift starts. I was on night duty. She was a cancer patient and had surgery. I wondered what she had on her mind. …

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Off to London

I vividly remember the ferryboat trip from Calais, France to Dover, England. The boat was quite basic and uncomfortable, wooden benches everywhere. There may have been sleeping cabins, but I didn’t know and would not have been able to afford one. We, the young people, spent the night on deck. I found a sheltered spot …

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My Nursing Days

The day finally arrived for me to leave Winterberg and see what lies beyond this small community I had spent the past few years in. In September 1956, I left the quiet town of Winterberg and headed to Mannheim to study to be a nurse. I was eighteen and I had just graduated from high …

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A Reunion

In the 1950s the Red Cross was working hard to reconnect families, and they actually found our father. I didn’t remember much about him at that age, I was about fourteen. Many German men were drafted into the army during the war, and our father was no exception. I must have been five, when I …

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Life in Winterberg

  Despite my newfound perspective, self-doubt still clouded my mind. I still felt isolated, like being a stranger not belonging there. My mother’s overprotectiveness didn’t help either. My life was school and home and caring for my two younger sisters. There wasn’t any time or opportunity to make friends. Speaking of school, in the 40s …

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A New Home…For now

The war may have been over, but nothing had changed. We still had no home to return to. We didn’t know where to sleep, where to get food, where to be safe. We had lost everything. I often found myself wondering:  “Why don’t the Russian leave so we can go home?” When we were ordered …

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