Oma : Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic

TitleOma : Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsCassidy, Anneliese
Number of Pages335

Oma: Life on the Other Side of the Atlantic is the autobiography of Anneliese Cassidy. She was born in Furth, Bavaria in 1928 and was recruited into Hitler's Youth at the age of 10. "We got every Wednesday off school to do things like make toys for the children of fallen soldiers," she wrote in her book.She also spent bomb raids in underground shelters and helped clear German fields of dead Russian laborers. One horrific raid when she barely made it to a shelter to survive buried more than 2000 in their basements and left 100,000 homeless. A week after the raid burning debris still rained down from buildings, as she stepped over corpses that looked like "big black cigars." “It was the war,” she wrote. “That’s just how things were back then.”
When the war ended on May 8, 1945 Cassidy wrote that she expected to feel relief, but instead couldn't help feeling frustrated at the blame placed on the German people. “I cried for our nation, I cried for our home, which had been taken from us, and I cried out of fear of what was to come. I cried all day,” she wrote. Eventually Anneliese met and married an American, Bill Cassidy, and moved to Minnesota in the US where they raised their family.
She spent 10 years writing her story down, primarily for her children and grandchildren. In an interview published in The Northfield News on October 5, 2010 she said she had sold more than 300 copies, and whenever she ran out of the book, she simply had more printed at Kinko’s.
Taken from an article in the Northfield, From Nazi Germany to Minnesota by Jamie McMahon.

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Self-published autobiography

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