IamA 95 year old german women from a village in the Black Forest, and experienced Nazi Germany as a civilian. AMAA
As a thank you to you all, here is a video of her I recorded. She was already tired and not as fluid, but I think it's nice to see and hear her talk. I hope you all enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t901cbbjzQw on /r/video
I'm sitting here with my 95 year old german grandmother. Proof.
Some pictures of her: http://imgur.com/a/QIHlo
She is a very active women but had a stroke a few months ago. Now she has difficulties to walk and use her right hand (and she loved to write). Before her story gets lost I thought I document it and an AMA seems like a great way to give young people like me the opprtunity to ask questions. Her experience is very valuable to me, and it would be sad if it just would get lost.
She was born in May 1920, is now 95 years old and lived all her life in a village in the beautiful Black Forest. She went to board school from 6-14y/o and went to a college of housecraft afterwards, where she took afternoon lessons in office work. She learned shorthand and to write with a typewriter. She got her first job with 17 in a law and collection office. At this time she was also active in the Bund deutscher Mädchen (BDM) and in a girl church group. Leaders from the BDM didn't support her role in the church group and wanted that she stops going there, but she refused and was called "stubborn".
From 1939 to 1945 she worked at a company where the wife of the owner and her brother were half jews. But they were the only jews in the village and they didn't get imprisoned, because their company was important for the war. They manufactured fabrics for uniforms. In 1944 she got engaged with her first partner. But he had to go into the war. He was missing for 7 years, until she got notice that he died in the war at christmas eve, when Englishman attacked on the 24th december. Her father was also in the war in 1942 as a medic. He then got captured by Russian soldiers and was in war imprisonment for 3 1/2 years. When he came back he was wearing rags and was extremely underweight from starvation and work.
Her village was occupied by the French, or to be more exact Moroccans. They were not allowed to leave the house, but she did it anyway and almost got shot.
In 1955 she got engaged to my grandfather. His first wife died during the war in Düsseldorf because of bombing. When he was in the war, he was in russian war imprisonment and was later transfered to a French prison. He died in 2000 in a car accident.
If you are looking about a topic to ask, she is very proud of the jobs. She always worked and was not a stay-at-home mom.
07:25:50 EDT | 13:25:50 CEST: we just had lunch. We are now waiting for questions. She skips her after-lunch nap for you all.
09:15:07 EDT | 15:15:07 CEST: My oma has a great time. She wants to answer every question. We will make a short coffee break. We will be back in a few minutes.
10:39:23 EDT | 16:39:23 CEST: My grandmother can't comprehend how 3800 people like to hear about it. And that there are over 1000 comments.
13:01:13 EDT | 19:01:13 CEST: We are eating dinner really quick. We will be right back. Gosh... an AMA is really a lot of work!
15:00:05 EDT | 21:00:05 CEST: We decided to answer some
newcomments. But she is very tired now. After over 7 hours without her nap, she is very exhausted. We will answer some more questions tomorrow. Please upvote some unanswered questions :)
07:15:31 EDT | 13:15:31 CEST: We will answer some more questions now
08:32:03 EDT | 14:32:03 CEST: Now we have to drink coffee with relatives. We celebrate easter a little bit here. We will probably come back to a few questions later tonight.
Thank you very much for participating. She was very happy today.
Please be respectful.
Oh and by the way, I explained reddit to her as a computer newspaper.