My beloved Grandma, the NAZI.

My Grandma had some great stories, she loved telling them, and more loved when people listened.  She came to visit in the fall of 2010 for Thanksgiving.  While she was here one of my mom's students heard her speak and interviewed her for one of his classes.  My Grandma went back to her home in northern Maine and died on 12/21/10.  I am so thankful to have these videos of her.  I think they are amazing stories and would love to share them with the world.  

You can check out the stories here.  &   I thought it might be cool to mix her telling her stories with me telling about her and her stories.

My Grandma was born in German on Valentine's Day 1928.  She lived in a small rural town, her father was a school teacher and later a principle, her mother a housewife.  One of her most memorable stories is from the day the Americans came and liberated a work camp in her town.  See when the Germans went to war all the men were drafted or signed up for the army.  Their women didn't go to work in their factories like Americans, the NAZIs basically conscripted conqured people to work their factories.  There were very strict rules for them, one of the biggest was they couldn't drink.  So once the Americans came through and liberated the camp the first thing they did was to go out and get rip roaring drunk.  Two of these guys, who happened to have been Polish, were walking down the street in front of my Grandma's house.  The neighbor boy started teasing them and taunting them.  One of the drunken Polish guys makes like he is gonna go after the kid and his friend tries to stop him so the first drunken dude pulls out a knife and stabs the guy right in the eye.  The neighbor boy takes off and runs behind my Grandma's house and over their fence and is gone into the farmer's field behind their house.  The drunken dude chases him and my Grandma's mom was out back haning up laundry and she runs in the back door and locks it then runs out the front of the house.  My Grandma and her friend were putting trunks into the attic for some reason.  The guy starts banging at the back door and uses his knife to try to pry it open or stab it open.  He ends up cutting his hand in the process.  Eventually he breaks the door down.  When my Grandma hears the commotion she and her friend hide in the attic and pull up the retractable stairs.  A moment later they hear this faint voice calling "Help, help I wanna come up too."  It was my Grandma's Grandfather.  So she lowered the latter down and helped him climb the stiars and they hid in the attic.  

The polish guy went from room to room slashing up feather beds and checking everywhere, under the beds, in closets, in cabinets, hunting for that neighbor boy.  They know because they found his bloody handprint everywhere.  My Grandma's mom went out front and managed to stop this passing Jeep full of Americans.  In what little English she knew she convinced one of the guys to go in the house and get that drunk guy out.  They weren't cops so they just sent the guy on his way.  He ended up going across town and killed an old lady in a wheelchair.  

My Grandma ended up marrying an American soldier who happened to use this building across the street from her house as like a garage for their trucks.  When they were going to get married here in the States, being good Catholics, they went for counsling from their local priest.  He felt too embarrasssed telling this young German girl about a wife's duties plus she didn't speak real good English and he didn't speak German, so they got this other priest from New York to come and give her that counsling.  They got to talking because he had been an Army Chaplin in Germany.  He said ... funny thing .... this one time this German woman flagged down my jeep to make me get some drunken polish dude out of her house ... 

Small world aint it?  


Grief and rage
Coach Outlet Online erupted on the streets of Turkey'sCoach Outlet largest city after a 15-year-old boy struck in the head by a tear gas canister died Tuesday morningCoach Factory Outlet in a hospital.Much of the anger was focused on Turkey's embattled prime minister,Coach Outlet Online Recep Tayyip Erdogan.A crowd chanted "fascist government,Coach Factory Outlet Erdogan killer," as Berkin Elvan's coffin wasCoach Outlet Store Online carried through the streets of the working-class Istanbul neighborhood his family calls home.Coach Outlet Store OnlineSome bystanders wept in the freezing, pouring rain.President Abdullah Gul spoke with the boy's father Monday Coach Factory Outletand was saddened by Tuesday's news,Coach Outlet according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency."I extend my condolences to his family.Coach OutletI share their pain," he said.Elvan was only 14 when he was critically wounded last summer,Coach Handbags Outlet at the height of a wave of anti-government protests that erupted across Istanbul and other Turkish cities.Coach OutletHis parents said he left home on the morning of June 16, 2013, to buy a loaf of bread. Less than 15 minutes later, Coach Outletneighbors arrived, telling them their son had been wounded.The boy suffered blunt trauma to the head. Coach OutletAccording to a report by Human Rights Watch, an eyewitness said the child was hit by a police tear gas canister.For the next nine months, Coach Outlet OnlineElvan lay in a hospital bed in a coma.True Religion OutletWhen Elvan's mother attempted to make a public statement about her son's ordealLouis Vuitton in central Istanbul in July 2013,True Religion Jeans CNN journalists witnessed and filmed Turkish riot police hitting demonstrators with pepper spray and beatingTrue Religion one man with a club in an apparent effort to break up the demonstration.More recently,Michael Kors Outlet riot police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators holding a vigil outside the hospital where Elvan was being treated.Michael Kors Outlet Store Members of the family said the boy wasted away to a weight of 16 kilograms (about 35 pounds) during his nine-month-long coma."The government has not accepted any responsibility and they have not brought the police who were responsible for this to justice," Michael Kors Outlet Onlinesaid Ali Kan, one of the men who attended the funeral procession.News of Elvan's death sparked a fresh round of protests in other parts of Istanbul,Chanel Outlet Online as well as in the capital Ankara,Louis Vuitton Outlet where riot police reportedly intervened using tear gas.Michael Kors OutletIstanbul police denied using tear gas to disperse crowds that gathered Tuesday at the hospital where Elvan died, Anadolu reported.