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Marianne was a robust and healthy little German girl until the ravages of World War II took their toll. She barely survived a mysterious illness, terrorizing air raids, and her parents' divorce.
While her mother had to work in the war-damaged city, Marianne lived with her grandparents in the Hunsrück village of Macken. When her mother married an American and immigrated to America, Marianne was expected to follow. Her ocean voyage from Italy to New York changed her life into that of a normal American teenager.
In a twist of fate, Marianne met a Los Angeles-born Chinese American serviceman in Bermuda, causing a great uproar in her family.
Eventually they got married and raised four children while remaining active in a variety of community events, including earning University degrees. Her Memoir, The Little Girl That Could, was published in 2009.
Marianne's desire to learn about her ancestry has led her to discover precious information in documents from Germany. Her curiosity about her husband's ancestry led her to do research at the National Archives & Records Administration in San Bruno. Among the aged files from Angel Island, she has found a wealth of materials to weave her tales. Her Collection of Short Works, Mindpieces, was published in 2011.
Marianne conducted summer school for her grandchildren ten summers from 1985 to 1995. In 2012, her book, Banking, Bowling and Beethoven, memorializes their fun of learning about money, sports and music
The book, Maria Lives! Is written in both English and German on opposing pages. Marianne traces the stories of the women that lived in the house in Macken where little Marianne spent five years of her childhood.
Her children's book, A New Home for Marianne is also available in German, titled Marianne Muß Umziehen.
Marianne and her husband Lee make their home in northern California within easy driving distance of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended families.
Marianne Mu Umziehenby Marianne Tong
Im zweiten Weltkrieg flohen Marianne und ihre Mutti in die Alpen. Wie sie zurück nach Koblenz kamen fanden sie kein Heim. Mariannes Großeltern hatten auch Koblenz verlassen und in Macken, ein Hunsrückdorf, ein neues Heim gegründet. Die kranke Marianne musste bei Oma und Opa einziehen während ihre Mutti in der zertrümmerte Stadt… See more details below
Im zweiten Weltkrieg flohen Marianne und ihre Mutti in die Alpen. Wie sie zurück nach Koblenz kamen fanden sie kein Heim. Mariannes Großeltern hatten auch Koblenz verlassen und in Macken, ein Hunsrückdorf, ein neues Heim gegründet. Die kranke Marianne musste bei Oma und Opa einziehen während ihre Mutti in der zertrümmerte Stadt Näharbeit fand. Oma und Opa heilten das junge Herz.
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