THE HITLER I KNEW by Thea Johnson
A Young Girl's Memoirs of WW II in Germany

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               An English and German Version                In Englischer und Deutscher Sprache      This is the story of a young girl's experience during WWII in Germany.  It tells about the devotion to Hitler.  It describes the life as a member of the Hitler Youth; what happened when WWII started, with the never-ending bombardments by the US and British bombers and the destruction of her home, school and town.  It tells of the many killings, the horror, fear and despair.  The constant struggle after the war to survive without food, when the French forces occupied the city.      The big disappointment in Hitler who promised a great future for Germany, but took the loyalty of the German people and led them into endless, hopeless wars.  He would not let anyone or anything stop him from invading other countries and killing millions of innocent people.      The story is accompanied with photos of Hitler and photos to show the destruction and death of a city.      Diese Geschichte erzählt von den Erfahrungen eines jungen deutschen Mädchens im 2. Weltkrieg.  Sie erzählt von der Verehrung Hitlers, ihre Begeisterung in der Hitlerjugend und vom Beginn des 2. Weltkrieges.  Die nie enden wollenden Luftangriffe von amerikanischen und britischen Bombern und der Zerstörung ihres Hauses, der Schule und der Stadt - von Tod, Horror, Furcht und Hoffnungslosigkeit.  Nach Kriegsende dem Kampf um Nahrung während der französischen Besatzungszeit. Die große Enttäuschung über Hitler, der Deutschland eine große Zukunft versprach, aber der Bevölkerung die Loyalität nahm und sie dafür in einen end- und hoffnungslosen Krieg schickte. Man konnte ihn nicht aufhalten andere Länder anzugreifen und dabei Millionen unschuldige Menschen töten.       
 

About Thea Johnson

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Ms. Johnson was born and raised in Ludwigshafen, Germany.  After the war and after graduating from Junior College, she went to work for the American Government, where she met her husband who was stationed in Mannheim.  She came to the US with her husband in 1953 and became a US citizen.  She still has family and friends in Germany, where she visits every year.   Currently she resides in rural Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband.  Besides writing and researching history, she also enjoys reading, gardening and doing crafts.   She wanted to write this story to show  how blindly they followed a leader that promised a great future for Germany.  He would not let anyone or anything stop him from invading other countries and kill millions of innocent people.   Everyone talked about him.  Everyone learned about him.  Everyone was excited about him, celebrated when he came near, cried out to him with joy. His name was Adolf Hitler, and Thea loved him.  She grew up in 1930s and 1940s Germany.  There she was swept up in the world of Nazism, like a tiny daisy in a river.  To her it was wonderful.  For a while,  then came war and it came to her town.  Terrible bombs fell, destroyed her home, school and town.  All she was interested in was trying to survive ....trying to stay alive.  She had started doubting Hitler at the end of the war when rumors spread of Americans coming. Then Hitler killed himself.   The greatest achievement was to have survived  and she thanked God that he stood by her and saved her.  
 
Published October 12, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 136 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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