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Life in Germany

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kira rain

on 3 June 2013

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Life in Germany during World War II Ursula was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1940. The House Where Ursula Was Born Ursula as a Baby She lived in Germany during World War II. I wanted to learn about my family history. Had first hand experience. Halfway through World War II, and when the war ended she was 4 years old. Had 3 older siblings, a mother (Anna Hendriksen Bromberger), and a father (Walter Bromberger). provides a different perspective on the war Ursula Huebner-Bromberger My Grandma Her father was a doctor in
the German army Didn't like to talk about the war Was a prisoner of war. Imprisoned by the Russians. Gone from when Ursula was 6 months old to when she was 10 Last picture of her father and her before he left. Her Mother Left alone to take care of 4 kids... By Kira Rain She had to handle,
Finance
Clothes
School
Food She got money from doing accounting for the medical practice that her husband owned and used to work at. Ursula's mother starved to feed her children The hardest thing for her mother was when the things that she had organized fell apart. "She never gave up on taking care of us" -Ursula "I don't think i ever saw my mom cry" -Ursula They lived in a war zone Their family decided to leave Berlin. Why they left So they left Berlin, to go to their grandmother's house in the Rhineland. After the trip By this time Ursula was 4 years old The war was pretty much over Their father was still in the Russian prison camp. He was gone for 6 more years They didn't know if he was dead or alive Except for small ways that her mother found to gain information... How they knew about their father. Ursula's father came home in 1950 when the German and Russian governments negotiated a trade. They were happy to have their father back, but it was a hard transition. Over time things began to get back to normal. Ursula went on to become a doctor, and moved to the United States. She lived in New York for many years and now lives with me and my parents. Why was this important? Thank you for watching It was not a scheduled trip. The trains were meant to carry soldiers and supplies to the front line. The trip was very interrupted, and would stop and start a lot, because
The tracks were bombed.
There was not enough coal. The train could be stopped for days or weeks. They would be put up in town's people's homes. Some people would be happy to house and feed them, others would be upset and mean. When the train would start up again people would run to get on it, because if you missed it, you would be stranded. Each kid had a tag around their necks with the addresses of many of their family members on it, in case they got lost. In the life time of anyone who lives in America there hasn't been a war on our soils. A big part of the American dream is that you can be safe, and be free of the fear of being bombed or things like that. Ursula's story shows the contrast view to what we are used to hearing about. Her story shows us what it was like to live in a war zone. When all that we know to what it was like to live in America where you aren't close to the fighting and you don't have to be in constant fear of the violence. I think that is great that there is not fighting around us, but i also think that it is important for us to know what a war zone is like. Because maybe then we will be less likely to start wars.
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