Brigitte Yearman was the child of a German soldier. Born in 1935, from ages six to eleven, she lived with a foster family in Pomerania. This former German province was transferred to Poland after World War II. As a result of that boundary change, Yearman and approximately three million other ethnic Germans were expelled from that region. From ages five to twenty, Yearman survived the war, Russian military occupation, the refugee experience, and the harsh reconstruction years. Her memoir recounts that survival journey and how she came to learn about the Holocaust.
When Yearman's book ends, she is in her early twenties. A few years later, she met and married an American soldier. The two eventually moved to the United States where they raised their family. Yearman's husband passed away in 2006, and she moved to Montana to be closer to one of her grown daughters.
Yearman didn’t feel ready to share her story until about fifteen years ago. Initially she shared a limited number of recollections with close family only. Not particularly comfortable writing in English, she did her best to craft a fifteen-page summary of her story. Yearman shared this with friends who encouraged her to find a writer to help her expand the summary into a full-length book. In 2011, she met Anika Hanisch, and the book writing journey began!
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