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"I loved reading this memoir. It was heartfelt and wonderfully written. The author did a fantastic job of bringing to life the plight of living in such an intense environment. Once I started it, I could not put it down."

Open Book

The idea for writing my story arrived when my sister showed me my father’s two war medals that she had found in the attic of my parents‘ house. I always liked to write and had started several books as a teenager and young adult, but never had finished my stories. This time it was different. It was essential to writing this memoir -- like a call. With my story, I want to show the world not only the effect trans-generational trauma can have on the generations to come, but looking at my country’s difficult and horrific past, to contribute to a more peaceful world that avoids all sorts of extremism. I also want to demonstrate the deeper issues women of all ages and cultures face: affirming their self-worth and purpose and becoming resilient. 


It is summer 1966 in West-Berlin, five years after the wall had been erected, when Anne is born. Her parents raise her in the National Socialistic tradition, where discipline and obedience are key, women are submissive to men. The poisonous atmosphere at home urges her into a fantasy world. When she gets older, Anne begins to see glimmers into the truth of the past and gains in knowledge about the war, sees hints of her father's involvement in it and gets a better understanding of the war's consequences in her environment. The situation at home becomes more unbearable as Anne gains maturity. She knows that to be whole, she must escape; and after almost giving up on herself, decides to free herself, even if that means stepping into the unknown.

FREEING RAPUNZEL is available for purchase:  Click here

I was interviewed by Lisa and Toni for their podcast "Here's Your Red Flag" and you can listen to the episode here:

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