Cities in ashes, endless bread lines, potato soup by candlelight, people herded along with whips, soldiers in splendid boots and swastikas everywhere, a little girl with chestnut pigtails reaching for her first Hershey bar–these are a few of the images that come to life in this award winning memoir.
About the Author
Christa Holder Ocker is a NY Times #1 Best Selling contributing author. Her stories have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, Pre-teen Soul, Unsinkable Soul Sister's Soul, Hooked on Hckey, Devotional Stories for Tough Times, and Miraculous Messages from Heaven. She began to write short stories after years of domestic doldrums. Her story, "Merry Christmas, My friend," translated in many languages, was adapted for TV and starred Mickey Rooney. She loves writing, sailing, skiing, and frolicking with her 12 incredible grandchildren. Ocker's memoir auf Wiedersehen: WWll Through The Eyes of A German Girl is her latest work, published by Plain View Press, the Kindle edition published by Rogue Phoenix Press. Q and A with Christa Holder Ocker Why did you write this book? Throughout the years I have been asked What was it like growing up in Nazi Germany? With countless others of my generation, I shared the guilt of the holocaust and evaded this question for a very long time. But when an ex-Nazi youth became our pope, I decided it was time for me to acknowledge the past. If you were lecturing about your life and book to a Jewish audience what would you most like to say to them? Only love can conquer all. I say this with conviction, because my oldest son married an Israeli girl, whose father is the only survivor of his family in the holocaust. And now we share in the love of our grandchildren who are raised Jewish. How did your childhood in Germany shape your adult life? I believe I am totally aware of the necessity to speak up, to act, when things are not right. This does not always make me popular, but it is a trait I consider essential to my happiness. Your stories are incredibly vibrant, did you keep a journal or is your memory that keen? Once I started writing, once the floodgates were opened, the memories were vivid and close.