Why Maid, Mother, Monster?

Why I chose to write about women and, in many cases, women in wartime.

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The Children of Willesden Lane

I just finished reading this book last night and, if you're looking for books for girls or young women who love music (and, in particular, piano) this book should jump to mind as a powerful gift. She is very certainly what I class here as a "maid": an innocent facing the brutality of World War... Continue Reading →

Girl Rising: A Movie Worth Watching

Although not about the World War II period, I'm going to suggest anyone popping by here to read about Maid, Mother, Monster also look at the documentary called Girl Rising. Rated PG-13 and released in 2012, it features the narrative talents of Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keyes, Meryl Streep and... Continue Reading →

Technology Keeping History Alive

As we lose more and more Holocaust survivors to the natural end that life provides us all eventually, it is comforting to know that technology is trying, in new and interesting ways, to keep their stories and testimonies alive. Heather Maio of Conscience Display decided to try and make testimonies feel more interactive and thereby... Continue Reading →

Monster: Dr. Herta Oberheuser

There was only one woman who was accused, stood trial, and was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Medical Trial (also known as "The Doctors Trial") in October 1946 until April 1949, and that was Dr. Herta Oberheuser. Her education was in dermatology, and she became a loyal Nazi in the late 30's, progressing... Continue Reading →

Bits and Pieces of a Writer’s Life…

The eighteenth of October is my birthday, so I decided I'd take a moment and tell you a bit more about me and why I'm doing this. Readers of my previous two series know me for writing much different things than nonfiction historical posts and nonfiction and historical books. But I've written nonfiction articles for... Continue Reading →

Nonfiction Book Review: HIDDEN, A True Story of the Holocaust

Fanya is what I classify as a maid--an innocent forever changed by the course of the war. Fanya grew up in the small town of Skala in Poland (north and a bit west of Krakow), and was the daughter of a religious Jewish businessman who had a love of books and was very well respected by the members of the Jewish community, in part because he was so giving and so knowledgable.

Monster: Ilse Koch

Born in 1906, German-born Margaret Ilse Köhler married Karl Otto Koch when she was thirty years old. They met through mutual friends as many couples do, and worked together--only he was the commandant of a concentration camp, and hired her as a secretary, and guard...

Nonfiction Book Review: Stumbling on History

Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past is an excellent photo-rich book about Gunther Demnig, both artist and activist, as well as Edith Westerfeld, a woman who narrowly avoided death at the hands of the Nazis returning to her German hometown, and her daughter, acclaimed author Fern Chapman.

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