Why Maid, Mother, Monster?

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

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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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