Born April 27, 1944 in Clinton County Indiana to Marjorie and Paul Price, Meredith Price’s early childhood on a farm and neighboring fields engendered a love of family, exploration, and adventure. In this picture Meredith is playing with his pet pig Stinky. It was a runt that was brought into the house, as in Charlotte’s Web, where we could feed him with a spoon and doll bottle until he grew strong enough to rejoin the other pigs.
For Gretel and the villagers of Überauen, the universe revolved around their Inn, the church, marketplace, school and city hall with no particular interest in the outside world.
The dreamy walled medieval town seemed adrift in a timeless fantasy world as she grew up at the Inn of the Golden Knight.
Beneath the innocent surface, Überauen was also a real world of secrets and undercurrents. Passionate, forbidden love and its consequences were whispered all over town. Gretel and her family were buffeted by shame and bullying stemming from affairs, children from different fathers, shunning, and suicide. Simultaneously, the extended, hardworking family clung together to love and support each member as adversities confronted them.
As the Great War broke out, Gretel’s step uncle, Friedrich was sent to war along with all of his friends.
Inflation, the Depression, the rise of the 3rdReich, and world war delivered an endless stream of obstacles and upheaval for Gretel and her family. In the final days of WWII Gretel, as a young mother, fled with her sons to Überauen and sought refuge among her family while war raged.
As American forces parlayed to acquire the surrender of Überauen, Gretel’s step Uncle Maximillian, defied the threat of a Nazi firing squad to save Überauen from bombardment.
When the war finally ended, Gretel, her husband Otto, and their children survived to continue life’s adventure on Robert Koch Strasse in Vaihingen, Germany.
About Gretel’s Cross
Thank you for visiting the site for my book, Gretel’s Cross. Many old friends and new have written or called to tell me how much they enjoyed reading Gretel’s Cross. Here is a picture of me with my cousin Nancy. It is such a treat to hear from you and discuss the characters from the book that I have come love. Please let me hear from you.
Here is a note from Sandie;
I just finished your book & was very impressed! My, the time you must have spent organizing everything. Your words painted a picture in my mind & drove me to read further. It brought back many memories & also taught me many things. Hubert’s family certainly endured a lot of hardships. I’m glad you had the family tree page because I turned back & forth MANY times to see who the people were. For the most part, most of them had a very long life. I enjoyed your book VERY MUCH. I didn’t know Hubert was an artist. Beautiful job, Hubert. You both are so talented & I wish you much success with your book. I just emailed “some of our old friends” & told them about it & I’m sure they are very proud of you also.