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This memoir gives a rare, first-hand look at the experiences of a German World War II teen who immigrates to America. The author shares the challenges, strong family bonds and luck that allowed her to survive the war and then move to the U.S. She briefly spent time with an American soldier who couldn’t forget her. That chance encounter led to 63 years of marriage.

"The noise from the bombs and planes was so loud that we had to cover our ears. People were screaming and praying. We thought we were all going to die."

- Otti’s description of the bombing of Koblenz, Germany
Soldiers of the Third U.S. Army walk in a debris-laden street of Koblenz, Germany, following its capture in March 1945.
(Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1970-088-30 / CC-BY-SA 3.0)