Gerda Braunheim - From Stonischken to Gedhus - A Child's View of World War II

To ensure a little known history is not lost, Gerda Braunheim is sharing her childhood memories of brutality, homelessness and heroism while fleeing from World War II. Gerda experienced the horrors and trials of World War II as a young girl living in East Prussia. She will be sharing the story of her recollection of what happened when Hitler invaded Europe, and she was forced to flee her home in the train station and leave everything behind. She fled with her brother Willi, her older sister Lilli, an Aunt, and their Grandmother. Landing in a refugee camp in Gedhus, Denmark, their camp containing 5,000 displaced Germans had no way of communicating with loved ones left behind in Germany, as all communication was suspended for two years. Her story isn’t about political viewpoints or economic impacts of the war, but the impact of the war on the world of a young girl. She will also share the details of her revisit to Stonischken and her immigration to America.

Location: Hall of Mirrors