Carol Byrd and Edith Illgen

Carol Byrd and Edith Illgen

In 1938, Edith Illgen was a 13-year-old girl living in Germany. An only child born to middle class parents, she understood little of the long shadow that would be cast by Adolf Hitler's rise to power. During her teenage years she moved from place to place as the result of advancing warfronts. She stuggled to provide food for the older members of her family, and to secure their day-to-day survival. Edith spoke with friend Carol Bryd about some of her experiences during World War II, opening the conversation with a European view of the start of the war.

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