Krauter, Anneliese Wiegand. From the Heart’s Closet–A Young Girl’s World War II Story. Schatzi Press McCordsville, IN 2005.
After fifty years of silence, Anneliese Krauter has finally told the true story of her family’s experience as German-Americans in the US during World War II. We have often heard the story of Japanese-Americans during that war, but this is one of the few depictions of internment of German-Americans. Lee’s father Otto was seized unjustifiably by the FBI as an alien suspected of harboring a spy and the family eventually repatriated to a Germany experiencing the final days of the War. Separation, intolerance, fear, hunger and the shock of living while bombs were falling are all told along with the story of courage, determination, family love and solidarity in this remarkable book.