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July 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

“Life in America” Special: Brigitte Arenhold Porter

Christmas at Kirk’s house (2018)

Today’s post in the “Life in America” series belongs to Brigitte Arenhold Porter, who grew up in Germany during World War II…

“I witnessed humanity at its very core when the US Allied forces liberated my old hometown in 1945. The Americans had ordered houses to be unlocked and all inhabitants assembled in one room. When the soldiers left, the black sergeant took the time to look at an 8-year-old girl cowering in a corner – he smiled and waved, saying “Good-bye.” Unforgettable.

In 1991, after the fall of the Wall, we could finally visit Weimar, the old center of Germany’s intellectual and artistic life and the concentration camp Buchenwald, just 6 miles away. There I saw a handmade small scale to weigh pieces of bread to be shared fairly among the prisoners. Unforgettable.

In May 1964, I could cradle my newborn son for the first time. Unforgettable….”

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