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    02 May 2007

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    My husband Rob is of German descent. His Oma escaped from Communist East Germany after the Second World War. Do you know of any books about the Trummerfrauen written in English?

    Hi Linda,
    I'm afraid I've never seen one. Because of (understandable) anti-German resentment postwar, most non-Germans aren't really aware how much the Germans, especially the Prussians, themselves suffered during and after the war.

    This was a really lovely piece. I moved to Berlin from Ireland a year ago and every week I go to visit a 93 year-old lady in a nursing home. It has been a humbling and utterly experience to listen to her stories.

    Thanks a lot Mr Cooper for this piece of your life. I have been interested in women's rol in German post-war reconstruction (Die Truemmenrfrauen) and you told us an idea about that.
    I hope I had find Frau Helen.
    Best

    Diego Sarasti

    I'm not Mr Cooper, and I never found Helene Lohe (who said she would retire to Bad Aussee in Bavaria), but thank you.

    I was born in 1942 in Bavaria. As a teenager, my mother would tell me how she was a "Truemmer-Frau", along with my Aunt.

    I am 71 today, and want to write my Mother's story. With 8 Grandchildren I want to pass on the story of "Kinder of WWII" and the small way I can honor my mother's memory.

    I think that's a wonderful idea. Most Americans have no idea how much ordinary Germans, too, suffered in the war and long afterwards.

    Have you read The Book Thief? It's about a little girl in Munich during the war.

    Telling us the story was very important, but I must say Helene Lohe must have been a very superficial person.

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