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True stories of romance, joy, suicide, war deaths and the rise of Nazis.

Gretel’s family faces chaos as the 20th century brings bullying, love, and death to confront her family as wars erupt.  Gretel's mother Rosa was having an affair that lasted six years.  Her tragic life was one many that I shared in the book.


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I am so glad you came to enjoy sharing my book, Gretel's Cross and the German version, Gretel's WELT.  From 1914 to 1945, Gretel and her German family confront upheaval as WWI and WWII erupt in this historical fiction based on true facts and family relationships. The bullying, gossip, shame, and guilt of suicide, adultery, and forbidden romance accompany death and acts of heroism as Nazi Germany evolves.


 Das gerade beginnende 20. Jahrhundert stellte Gretel und ihrer  Familie vor immer neue Herausforderungen. Gretels Welt erzählt von  verbotener Liebe, Familientragödien und den Verlusten in zwei  Weltkriegen sowie den Freuden des täglichen Lebens in Überauen, einer  idyllischen, von einer alten Stadtmauer umgebenen, fränkischen  Kleinstadt. 

Gretel's Son, Helmut, tells us a story.

Gretel's son Helmut appears in "Gretel's Cross" as a young school boy.  He relates for us in this fascinating video, the experience described in the book as the US Army approached Uberauen and Max was threatened by a Nazi firing squad.

Kate shares Franken memories from Bayreuth.

The author's friend from the years in Germany, Kate, shares her memories of Franken.


Many true stories in Gretel's Cross take place in the St. Severinus Church.  We hear the song mentioned in the first chapter, "Praise Ye the Lord."