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Life in Germany Before, During, and After World War II
In many respects, life in Germany was far worse after the Second World War than during the war. There would be no going back to the way of life before the war.
This was the time when Hitler came to power. Some of her neighbors were poor; some were rich. Some had high positions; some had low-paying jobs. Some supported the Nazi regime, some were against it.
This was a place where everyone wanted to know what was going on next door. Only often it was better not to know what’s going on there. Her mother did not like “The Fuhrer” or the Nazis. Her family remembered the “Kaiser Time.”
The war Germany started would never be won. Her mother was picked up by the Gestapo because of her vocal opposition to the Nazis. She was later released. Many besides her mother said, “One day we will suffer for what the Nazis did.”
How true. The war ended and Germany was cut to pieces and lost land on each side. The horror that came after the war from people in the East – first the Russian army invaded and then the Poles moved in – will never be forgotten.
There was rape, sickness, beatings, murder, hunger. Soon all is gone. There were no more animals in the stables. Those in charge invaded the houses and took whatever they wanted.
That is what happens in wars. People who lived next to each other in peace one day, are turned against each other in hate the next. What is gained?
Rita Heisler emigrated to the United States in 1960. She currently resides in Illinois. She is the author of Blue Hills, Green Valleys, ISBN 9781929882564, which details her trials, triumphs, and heroism during this period. The book is available on Amazon.com and from the publisher, Biographical Publishing Company, http://www.biopub.co.cc/
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