Friday, February 20, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Anneliese Konkol was a teenager in post World War II Germany and lived through the Berlin Blockade, when the Soviet Union blocked Allied access to parts of Berlin and all roads and railroads used to deliver supplies. The Soviets wanted control over the city and essentially began starving people to get it. In response, the Allies formed the Berlin Airlift to drop supplies over the city by air for nearly a year.
Anneliese is now a storyteller, and spoke in great detail about being separated from her family, abuse of German women by the Soviet soldiers, nearly starving to death, a black American soldier who handed her a Hershey bar, another American who shared his care packages and many other tales. She said despite her arthritis, need for hearing aids and poor eyesight, although she is over 80 years old, her brain, or "computer" as she called it, is still in perfect working order.