"Remembering Grandmother Erica" is more than the header pretends. It is family history and more. - Peter T. developes his grandmother's life from the center of his childhood summers, the Baltic Sea place Graal-Mueritz, describing the traumatic days of early May 1945 and the German collapse. The people of that costal region hope to surrender better to allied troops instead of suffering from crude Rusian Cossacks, violating their wifes and daughters. In vain. River Elbe becomes the new frontier. - Emil, youngest brother of Chicago immigrants Otto and Willam T., had been Erica's first husband. The story mentions Emil's courting for the bride near the city of Stettin, her four-weeks-voyage to German Southwest Africa, were Emil works as a railroad officer, the small German colonial troop's trial to defend the country against Britain in WWI, expulsian from Africa and new start in post war Germany. Escape from Eastern Germany to the West after WWII. So Erica's lifetime covers an... More > important segment of German history.< Less
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