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This book was such an interesting and lovely read. I especially enjoyed reading the letters father and daughter wrote to one another over so many years. The love, care, and concern were so evident and heartfelt. From a letter to Mathilde from her father...."If everything is working out according to your last letter, then tell him, whom you will give your love to, that I shall welcome him as son-in-law. Even though we are not acquainted, my daughter's decision shall be enough guarantee. " P. 64
Mathilde Apelt Schmidt is a naturalized American citizen from the "old country." She was born and raised in Bremen, Germany, grew up during the Hitler years, and went through all kinds of adventures during the war. She finally decided to leave her home country to visit her sister in the United States. How she survived the war, came to the States, met her husband of over fifty years in California, ...more