Tag: Second World War

‘And What Did You Do in the War, Vati?’ My German Family’s Second World War

Having parents who lived through the war as children on opposing sides – and uncles on each side who fought – I reflect on the German half of my family’s experiences: the grandfather who fought on the Eastern front, the grandmother who negotiated depression at home, and the aunt and uncle who tried to stop the Americans advancing.

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Reflections on the Death of an Aunt

This morning my German aunt died, leaving my mother as the last survivor of four German siblings. I recall a few things in tribute to her.

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