World War II interrupted Anneros Valensis childhood. Born in East Germany in 1938, she was just six years old when the war and its fallout struck her and her family. In Where is Home? she shares the story of how she survived the miseries of war.
In a narrative told from the perspective of a six-year-old child, this memoir shares the realities of what life was like during that time and what needed to be done to stay alive. Valensi tells the stories of war, beginning with the cruel Russian occupation of her homeland, the trauma of an unsettled life, her familys move to West Germany in 1946, the drafting of her father into the army, and life with her mother and four siblings when there was scant food and no shelter. Where is Home? follows Valensi as she seeks a new life first in London and then later in the United States.
Providing stark, firsthand insight into the realities of war, Where is Home? tells one familys story, the challenges they encountered, and the long-term effects on their psyches.
I was born at the time of World War II in the Eastern part of Germany. In 1945 our misery started. We had to live under Russian occupancy with no food, no shelter, no safety, only danger. In 1946 we were evicted from our homeland and distributed in West Germany. Life was still harsh and very traumatic. Once we were able to go to school again, I studied hard dreaming of a home a place I wanted to belong to. We were five young children. When we turned eighteen, we were expected to take care of our own life. I became an RN and then my curiosity about the world lead me to England to improve my English. My strong will and sense of adventure helped me to find a good job followed by getting accepted by TWA (Trans World Airlines) to train as flight attendant in Kansas City. In 1966 I arrived in America and my life took off. I met my husband, we were married and raised two children. Life was good and fulfilling, but my curiosity propelled me to make more dreams come true. I studied to open my own boutique. When my husband fell ill and after many years of my caring for him, I started writing my memoir encouraged by our coach and teacher to publish it. I was fortunate having been married to a wonderful man, who made me whole after my traumatic war experiences. My memoir is in two volumes “Where is Home” and “Finding Happiness in America” is available on Amazon. Our children are grown. they turned into productive citizen, and I have three wonderful grandchildren.