His Story Is My Story: Authentic Stories about Survival and Success of a German Father and Daughter after World War II

His Story Is My Story: Authentic Stories about Survival and Success of a German Father and Daughter after World War II

by Elke McKee
His Story Is My Story: Authentic Stories about Survival and Success of a German Father and Daughter after World War II

His Story Is My Story: Authentic Stories about Survival and Success of a German Father and Daughter after World War II

by Elke McKee

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Overview

Stories of Elke McKee's WWII German soldier father who was captured and spent ten years as a Russian prisoner, his impression of the kind Russian peasants, the cruel guards, and surviving unbelievably hard conditions. She first meets her dad at age eleven reuniting with his wife in 1955. He recovers from prison despite resulting physical impairments, adapts to home life, and is rehired with seniority at the German government job he held sixteen years ago. Their lives improve. Elke ultimately moves to the US where this biography concludes.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937748326
Publisher: Heidelberg Graphics
Publication date: 04/13/2020
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elke McKee was born in 1944 during the Second World War in a small German village near Dresden. After the end of the war this area became part of Soviet occupied East Germany. At age eleven she and her mother escaped to West Germany where Elke met her father for the first time. He was one of the few prisoners of war who survived ten years of brutal Soviet labor camps and was finally released in 1955. This experience shaped her entire future as a free spirit with the strong desire for freedom.
At nineteen she moved to England and later to the US where she travelled as a flight attendant all over the world. In 1994 Elke founded a Montessori preschool in California and worked there for twenty years. Elke is retired and lives with her husband of thirty years in Rocklin, California, dedicating much of her time to her lifelong painting hobby and socializing with people from various interesting backgrounds.
As a retiree she also finally found the time to write down the stories her father had dictated on tape about his life in the Russian prison camps. Authentic and interwoven with episodes from her own life, her book is a testimonial of the horrific outcome of war and how the post-war generation had to deal with it.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elke

The Miracle

Hiding in the Woods

Capture

History

The Poor Russian Nation

In the Bread Factory

The Commission

Betrayal

My Disability

My Ideal Childhood

The Real World

Our Daily Bread

Soviet Secrecy

Sentencing

The Commode Heini

Many Jobs

Our Spanish Comrades

Parcels from Home

The Homecoming

When My Father Came Home

The Secret

Our First Home As a Family

Opa’s Visit

Not Fitting In

Visiting Relatives

August 1961

Maximo

Vacation In Spain

Villa in Spain

Au Pair in London

Coming to America

Getting Out of the Jungle

City by the Bay

Bad Luck

Big Brother

The Power of Intention

Divorce

August 1989

Marriage

My Montessori School

A Single Man

The Phone Call

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