1944: A Frightening Time for Wausaukee Woman
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WAUSAUKE, Wis. -- Helga Kelly remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. Back then, she was 7 years old and living with her family in the heart of Nazi Germany. "The terrible hunger, there was nothing to get in the stores;" Kelly remembers. "All the shelves were empty, what we could get Mama got from the black market."
Kelly remembers her two biggest fears growing up in Berlin. One, the endless bombing by allied forces that summer. The other, having her family history discovered by the German Gestapo. "My Father's Sister's married Jewish people, and my cousins were all half Jews." Kelly recalled.
Some of her most frightening memories come from the graphic inhumanity of the "SS" and what the Nazi's did to her friends. "One of the guys came in (to the friend's house) and got this little baby;" Kelly tells us. " He was a year old. They took him by one arm and threw him up to his truck."
After the years after the war, even the slightest event like a tornado siren test triggered memories of that horrible time. "The first time I hear that, I run to into my basement. I was sweating. I was so nervous. I thought someone was coming with airplanes and bomb us."