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Otti Remembers: German WWII Teen Immigrates to America (Hardcover)
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Through stunning photos and first-hand recollections, this beautifully produced book takes readers inside Germany before and after World War II. It gives a rare, first-hand look at the challenges, strong family bonds and luck that allowed a plucky young German woman to survive – and make a new life in the U.S.
About the Author
Otti Baulig Ney appreciates the many blessings of her life. She was surrounded by resilient women who taught her how to survive in tough circumstances during the war years and beyond. With her family, she huddled in bomb shelters for protection, and then successfully fought tuberculosis. Laurie Ney, an American soldier she knew for ten days, waited three long years for Otti to join him in America. They wed soon after her release from Ellis Island. The couple enjoyed a happy marriage and raised two children. Laurie died in 2012. In her later years, Otti freely gave of her time for many causes, including a hospice program. She helps others as a “payback” for all the help she received during her lifetime. Denise M. Ney grew up learning about her mother’s sometimes life-threatening experiences growing up in Germany during World War II. In later years, she collaborated with Otti to tell her amazing story so that their descendants can better understand their heritage. As a researcher, Denise also knew history scholars and enthusiasts would appreciate Otti’s first-person account of enduring wartime hardships. Denise is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the highlights of her career was the development of a new paradigm for the nutritional management of the rare genetic disease, phenylketonuria (PKU). Patients now can eat a wider variety of foods that taste good and help them stick to their strict diets.