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Date processed: 5-2005
Processed By: M. Olliff
BIOGRAPHY: Mrs. McCall was born on September
15, 1936, in Wutha, Germany. Her father
was a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War 2 while her mother was secretary
for the German military. She married an
American soldier in 1976 and immigrated with him to the United States.
Birthdate: September 15, 1936
SPOUSE: Jesse E. McCall, Jr (deceased)
DATE: July 22, 2003
PLACE: Enterprise, Alabama
GENERAL TOPIC OF
INTERVIEW: Childhood experiences in Germany during World War 2. Education during World War 2. Family life during World War 2. General knowledge of political situation.
of tapes: 1
of sides: 2
of tape: 60 minutes
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Birthplace and birthdate: Wutha, Germany 1936
Parents: Günter Feek and
Gertrud Baumbach Feek
Family history: Mrs. McCall
had a sister which was born in 1938 but died in 1939. Her Father served as a pilot in the German
Luftwaffe in Africa while her mother was forced to work for the military on
the home front.
First memories of the war: Many people dying. Starting
school in 1942 and forgetting to say HEIL HITLER.
Childhood memories: All the
children went to school. School was
not very regular. A few hours in the
morning and then perhaps a few in the afternoon.
Responsibilities of a Mother: Most children ate at school during the day. In the evening the mother made dinner. Food was mostly supplied through one’s own
garden and clothes were also home made.
Summer Vacations: The summers
were usually spent catching potato bugs.
Hitler Youth: Mrs. McCall
never belonged to the Hitler Youth. She was too young, but her
family did have a Youth live with them.
The food supply: Since food was
rationed, her mother sold clothes for food.
Black market: Mrs.
McCall feels that this was the worst thing, but everyone ate. The hardest thing about it was the
inflation and change in currency.
The end of the war: Mrs. McCall’s family moved into what would become the Russian sector
after British soldiers took over her families home. Eventually, the family
fled again into what became known as the American sector.
The differences between the sectors: The individuals that lived in the Russian
sector suffered more than anyone else until the fall of the wall in 1989.
The Berlin Wall: The wall was put up to keep individuals from leaving the Russian
sector. Mrs. McCall recalls several incidence of individuals losing their
lives in an attempt to escape.
The difficulty of legally traveling out of the Russian sector: Only individuals over the age of 60 were
allowed to leave. The residence below the age were considered part of the
work force and therefore vital to the economy.
The importance of the American military in the rebuilding
of Germany: Mrs. McCall feels that the
most important thing accomplished were protection from communism and economic
Combining the American and German culture: Most Americans tried to socialize especially
with children. Many soldiers offered special treats that were only available
Things worth remembering by future generations: The punishments that children had to
endure. The things that really
happened to their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
The feeling of the past: Mrs. McCall feels that the World War II time period was a hard one,
but it was the only childhood she had and therefore chooses to remember the