Extract from the interview with Anna H. in which she recounts her family history & her memories of the time of the Second World War and the post-war era in Lower Austria.
When Maria was only a few weeks old, the cruel and inhuman World War II was already raging. Her first years of childhood are marked by nearly losing her brother in a bombing attack on Bielefeld and Enger, the absence of her father, who was criticizing World War II and the Nazi’s attitudes towards Jews, and her mother, who got sick (cardiac asthma) and distant because of World War II and its consequences.
In November 2020, I called my great-aunt Ursula and my great-uncle Achim to talk to them about their experiences during World War II and the post-war period. He was born in 1940; she was born in 1941. Ursula is the daughter of Else and Hermann. Else and Hermann had seven children, one of them was Ruth, my maternal grandmother.