Three good friends — Marta Schmidt, Leisel Fuchs, and Heidi Schiller graduated from secondary school in 1939. Growing up in Nazi Germany brought them through the youth programs for girls, which will have a profound influence on their entire lives. During the summer following graduation, Marta and Heidi leave Germany; Marta travels to Paris to study art, while Heidi takes a nanny job in Poland after her parents discourage her dream of becoming a ballerina. Leisel remains at home after her Nazi father dashes her aspiration of attending the University to become a mathematics teacher. Instead, she is sent to a bride’s school to become a “proper” wife to an SS Military officer. As the next six years unfold, the girls experience entirely different paths of happiness and heartbreak, as Europe endures the most devastating war the world has ever seen.
About the Author
Barbara Celeste McCloskey lives in Racine, Wisconsin with her cat Louie. She enjoyed a rich twenty-year career in Marketing Communications in a corporate environment. She also taught writing at the local community college. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a writing concentration from the University of Wisconsin. The history of the World War II era has been of special interest to McCloskey because her parents were young adults during the war years. Her mother worked for the Navy Department and her father was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. Beyond this personal attachment to the time period, she has done extensive reading and research into this time period and people who lived through it. Other titles by McCloskey include: “Finding Gessler” and “The Tea and Biscuit Girls,” “The Love Immigrants,” “The Subversive,” and “Grounded No More.”