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Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:39 PM

My mom would have turned 80 years old today

She was born in Frankfurt, Germany 10 months after Hitler took power. Hitler made the children leave the cities during World War II she walked for miles in the winter of 1943 through the snow and got frost bite on her leg. Later with the change of hormones during her pregnancy she had to have her leg amputated with just local anesthetic in order to save her unborn child (me) because that frost bite triggered gangrene. She emigrated with her son to the US made her citizenship and then encouraged me to make mine. She never missed an election and never once voted for a Republican. She died at 51 one years of age from ovarian cancer still encouraging others to vote and work for a liberal platform!!!

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Reply My mom would have turned 80 years old today (Original post)
gopiscrap Nov 2013 OP
2naSalit Nov 2013 #1
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #2
2naSalit Nov 2013 #4
sheshe2 Nov 2013 #3
freshwest Nov 2013 #17
sheshe2 Nov 2013 #19
GentryDixon Nov 2013 #5
etherealtruth Nov 2013 #6
malaise Nov 2013 #7
Octafish Nov 2013 #8
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #9
Divine Discontent Nov 2013 #10
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #11
polly7 Nov 2013 #12
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #13
polly7 Nov 2013 #14
Generic Other Nov 2013 #15
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #16
ScreamingMeemie Nov 2013 #18
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #20
flamingdem Nov 2013 #21
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #22
11 Bravo Nov 2013 #23
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #24
freshwest Nov 2013 #25

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:43 PM

1. Wow

Thanks for the history. That was a hard time for all involved. I know a woman who is in her late 80s who was at Nuremberg, it was awful for her and her family. I also have relatives who died in the camps.

I do hope your fond memories stay pleasant and refresh you when you bring them to the fore!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:45 PM

2. thanks...I had relatives who refused to be inducted into the military in Germany

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:52 PM

4. That's quite honorable.

One of my good friends is the child of a brownshirt, they're not of that frame of mind though.

Most of the warriors of that time are gone now but many of their children are still very much here. Thankfully, the ones I'm acquainted with are pretty cool people.

It is interesting to ponder those times gone by on days when we remember someone who was there whom we actually knew.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:48 PM

3. Thank you for your mothers history.

She sounds like she was a strong and determined lady, gopiscrap. You must have been so very proud of her.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 09:53 AM

17. +1,000. Glad it was memorialized here. So many life stories read here.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 10:15 AM

19. Good morning, sweetie.

The life stories show where we came from and how it shaped who we are. I like reading them too, freshwest.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:55 PM

5. Happy Birthday to your dear mother.

It sounds like she imparted sage advice. She passed so young, but you were blessed to have had the time you did with her.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 04:58 PM

6. You are lucky to have had her. she sounds remarkable

I am just sorry you had her for such a short time

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 05:19 PM

7. Nice mom

Celebrate her life

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 06:07 PM

8. Mütter sind die besten.

Ihre Mutter war das Beste der Besten.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 06:08 PM

9. Dankeschoen!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 07:06 PM

10. she was so young. what a great mom. thx to you and her!

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Response to Divine Discontent (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:11 AM

11. thanks

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:15 AM

12. What a brave lady she was, and what an amazing life.

I lost my SIL recently to ovarian cancer at a young age also .... such a cruel disease, and I'm so sorry. I hope this day was spent with only the best memories of your amazing mom and her strength.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:16 AM

13. thanks and sorry to hear about your loss!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:22 AM

14. Thanks gopiscrap. I'm sure your mom would have loved this tribute to her. nt.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:38 AM

15. The greatest generation came of age in the war

I wish in their honor we could end it forever.

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Response to Generic Other (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:40 AM

16. totally agree

how did it go at Multi Care today?

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 09:56 AM

18. A coffee toast to your mother...

Thank you for sharing her incredible and courageous story. Having recently lost my high school best friend to ovarian cancer at 43, it is my hope that ovarian cancer awareness soon grabs the national attention that is so often reserved for pink ribbons. Hugs to you today and every day.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:36 PM

20. My condolences for your loss!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:38 PM

21. Vielen dank for the story

of your wonderful mom.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:38 PM

22. Bitterschoen!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 01:03 PM

23. Ihre Mutter sich an wie eine unglaubliche Frau!

Vielen Dank, dass sie ein wenig von iher Geschichte!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 01:30 PM

24. Danke!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #24)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 01:40 PM

25. Agreed... Awesome and heartbreaking stories of both your parents today.

to them and you!

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