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Bund Deutscher Maedel - Gertrude's Story is Told

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Published on May 14, 2011

Born in 1927, Gertrude lived a humble farm life in Kleinzell, Austria where she and her family were dependent upon the farm animals and garden for their survival. While she was in kindergarten, Hitler began his climb to power. By 1931, the family lost all their belongings, including their home and livestock. The family wandered the streets until they were taken in by a neighbor. By 1938, Austria was annexed into Germany and Gertrude was indoctrinated into the Jungmaedelbund (The Young Girls League of the Hitler Youth). When Gertrude was 13 years old, she was specifically chosen for the elite rural educational program called Country Service Camp, otherwise known as "Landjahr Lager." In April, 1941, Gertrude traveled over 700 km to Seidorf, Niederschlesien, where she stayed in Seidorf for 8 months

After Landjahr, Gertrude returned home to find both her brothers, Hans and Emmerich had left to serve in the German Army on the Russian front line, while her younger brother, Franzel, was serving in the HJ. Gertrude left her mother once again and began working as a server, along with her sister Anita, and her best friend, Hedwig, in a large hotel in Mariazell. When the Russian army invaded the area, Gertrude, along with her mother, Josefa, ran from charging bullets and escaped to the American Zone in Linz, Austria. Anita left to serve as a Luftwaffe Flak Helferin, but later was captured and placed in an American P.O.W. camp near Bamberg, Germany.

While working in a coffee shop, Gertrude met an American Soldier named Robert Sandor from the 1280th Army Corp. of Engineers Combat Battalion - Company "C," 65th Infantry. Robert was stationed in Linz to protect the Nibelungen Brucke (Linz Bridge) from the Russian Soldiers crossing over the into Linz. Germany surrender on May 8, 1945 and on May 9th, as hostilities officially ended in Europe, the troops of the 65th Infantry made contact with the Russians at on the other side of the bridge in Erlauf.

Three years later, my parents married and by 1957, they traveled first class on the S.S. United States and and moved to America where dreams come true. This is a story about how one woman rose from poverty and living in the streets, to living in prestigious Greenwich, Ct. This is my mother's story.

The entire story can be read in her biography entitled "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth."

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