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September 1, 1939 – Germany Invades Poland

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September 1, 1939, as told by Gisela Cramer, heroine of Daisies Are Forever:
 
I was a teenager in school when Germany, my parents’ homeland and the country where we lived, invaded Poland. I’ll never forget waking up that morning for school. My mother was in the kitchen preparing breakfast. Her face was pale, her hands shaking.

“What’s wrong, Mutti?”

My mother wiped her hands on her apron and took a deep breath before turning to me. “It has happened. War has come. Last night, we invaded Poland.”

I sat down hard in my chair, not really understanding what all of this meant. “Why are you so sad?”

She bit her lip, then placed my sausage in front of me. “Eat up. Who knows how long we’ll be able to get food like this. In the last war, the Great War, there was hunger. We didn’t have enough to eat. And the boys went off and never returned. Or, if they returned, they were never they same. That is how it was with my brother Friedrich.”

Vater strode into the room, a smile across his face. “Ah, you heard the good news?”

Mutti slammed his coffee cup onto the table, the dark liquid sloshing over the side. “There is nothing good about war. Never.”

“We had to do it. England is seeking domination over Europe again, encircling Germany, meaning to cut us off. And the Polish troops crossed the border first. We had no choice but to protect the Fatherland.”

Mutti pursed her lips before answering. “You can’t trust Hitler’s propaganda.”

Vater shot her a withering glance. “Hush. Don’t say such things. These are dangerous times.”

All of this talk made my hands clammy. I pushed my breakfast away. “Will you have to go fight, Vater?”

He shook his head. “I’m much too old. Don’t worry. I’ll be with you.”

“Don’t make the child promises you can’t keep.” Mutti brought her coffee to the table and sat down. “I’m so frightened. Look at what happened last time. This time will only be worse.” She buried her head in her hands. It had been years since I’d seen Mutti cry. Not since my sister died.

Vater held her and whispered into her hair, things I couldn’t hear.

Though I was fourteen, all of this talk made me want to crawl onto his lap and have him soothe me, too. The knot of fear in my stomach tightened. “What do we do now?”

Vater touched my hand. “We go about our lives. Today is a school day, so you will go to school. And I expect you to help Mutti with chores when you get home, the same as any other day.”

But September 1, 1939, wasn’t any other day. It was a day that changed our lives forever. It brought us such sorrow and hardship as we had never known. And also a joy that I couldn’t imagine at the time.

Question: How old was Gisela Cramer when Germany invaded Poland?

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49 Comments

  1. So would love toread. Love WWII historical fiction. Prob my favorite genre!

  2. Love WWII historical fiction.

  3. I am looking forward to reading Daisies Are Forever. It sounds like a book I’d enjoy.

  4. Sounds like a great book! 🙂

  5. I would love to read your book! I have just discovered World War II books, even though I have been fascinated by the time period for a while. Thank you!

  6. I would love to read your book! I have just discovered World War II books, even though I have been fascinated by the time period for a while. Thank you!

  7. I can’t wait to read your books! I recently have found the Christian world war II historical genre. I have been fascinated by the time period for a while, so I can’t wait to read all of the great books in this genre.

  8. I think this sounds very much like a book I would like to read. I can’t imagine what families went through during those hard times.

  9. Would love to win! Thanks for the contest!

  10. Your books look amazing! I hope I win, but I am adding to my Must Read list in case I do not win!!!

  11. You books look amazing!!!

  12. You books look amazing!!!

  13. She was 14 years old. I would love to read this book

  14. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to live then. I like that you bring that time to life for us.

  15. This is definitely going on my “to-be-read” list. I love WWII era stories, they remind me of my grandparents.

  16. I am looking forward to reading Daisies Are Forever.

  17. I love this glimpse into the life of Gisela. These books really make an era come to life. Thanks for this opportunity.

  18. This book sounds really interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of it. I hope it’s not too early to enter.

    World War two is such an interesting era. I think there are plenty of lessons that we can still learn from what these brave men and women went through.

  19. This book sounds really interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of it. I hope it’s not too early to enter.

    World War two is such an interesting era. I think there are plenty of lessons that we can still learn from what these brave men and women went through.

  20. Thank you for this “interview” and for being a part of this blog tour. I always have so much fun doing them. This sounds like a great book.

  21. I love a contest that ends in free books!

  22. Thank you for this “interview” and for being a part of this blog tour. I always have so much fun doing them. This sounds like a great book.

  23. Adding your books to my “to read” pile 🙂 Can’t wait! Thank you!

  24. Thank you Liz for the giveaway and sharing some of Daises are Forever. ~ Blessings ~

  25. Seems like an interesting book — can’t wait to read it.

  26. I am looking forward to reading Daisies Are Forever. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. I am looking forward to reading Daisies Are Forever. Thanks for the opportunity.

  28. I would love to win your book! Thanks for the chance.

  29. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for a chance to win!

  30. I love anything WWII. It truly was the “Greatest Generation”. Will enjoy reading this book!

  31. WWII books give me information about the times my parents were young and what they lived through. So different from what I have experienced!

  32. WWII gives me information about what my parents experienced as young adults. So different from what I have lived through!

  33. I loved this book. I’d recommend not waiting to win, go order it now.
    Diana

  34. I agree ~There is nothing good about War! Thanks for writing this story. I will definitely put it on my TBR list. Thanks for participating in the Blog 🙂

  35. “There is nothing good about war. Never.” I totally agree! This is on my TBR List… DKStevens, from SE NE

  36. This book sounds like a lovely read… 🙂

  37. I have looked forward to reading this…I would be beyond honored to win it!

  38. I love WWII books and would love to read this one!

  39. Looks like a great book!

  40. Loved your first book Snow on the Tulips, I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading Daisies Are Forever.

  41. I loved Snow on the Tulips and looking forward to reading Daisies are Forever.

  42. I love WWII era fiction and hadn’t heard of this one til now. Would love to read it!

  43. I have already read a lot of WW2 books and I would love to this one! But it’s not always easy to read a book that is written in a language that isn’t your mother tongue

  44. This sounds like a wonderful book

  45. My mother was 1 year older that Gisela, at the time and experienced some terrible hardships while fleeing and being in a prison camp.

  46. My mother was 1 year older that Gisela, at the time and experienced some terrible hardships while fleeing and being in a prison camp.