My story

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As KETC’s Public Relations Intern, I am really excited to be spending my summer working on The War project, rather than copying and filing. Like Amy, I also have stories to share, even though I wasn’t born until more than 40 years after World War II had ended.

Both  my maternal and paternal grandparents lived in St. Louis during the war. My dad’s parents had more of a typical war experience: they were in their early 20s and dating when the war began. My grandpa was drafted and shipped out. He was quite a charismatic guy and consequentially, he had quite a few adventures during his army days — most of which were documented in letters he wrote home to my grandma. Unfortunately, both of them passed away before I was old enough to sit down and talk with them. Their stories have become family legends, retold to me by my dad — a history buff himself.

I am much more familiar with the stories of my mom’s parents. They were much younger during World War II — in their early teens. My mom’s dad doesn’t have any stories from the front lines, but he does have the unique perspective of a German immigrant living in very anti-German times.  To this day, his family still lives in Germany and Austria, one member in a century-old house that survived World War II bombings.

 As I continue to read and gather stories this summer, hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to share some of my family stories too.

Diane Poelker

PR Intern

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