VE-Day memory. Yes, I am too young to actually remember VE-Day, but I have a wonderful memory of that day – exactly 20 years ago. It was the fiftieth anniversary.
I had married Mark on April 1st, moved to the “little house” in Daufenbach where he lived. One day when I came home from school, Mathilde was outside and so we stopped and talked for a bit. Then Mathilde suddenly stopped and smiled at me. She asked, “Do you know what today is?” I had to admit nothing came to mind (days have numbers attached and well I’m number challenged) She then commented on the fact that it was the anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. She then continued, “Isn’t it wonderful you are an American and I am German and here we stand talking as friends.”
It was a wonderful moment there in the middle of Auf den Feldern Strasse. We had learned a lot about what the war was like for the average German family from hers and were amazed at what it had taken to survive. I don’t know if it is that despite most of my ancestry being this side of the pond for two and three hundred years and yet so many of them German. But I loved my time in Germany.
written 8 May 2015