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Paul Cobbs |
Testing the guestbook on the new server.
3 September 2010 - California

Webmaster comments   Looks good!
Peter Marquardt |
I am curious: the family history is that my grandfather Otto Marquardt was executed for his involvement in the "Plot of 44" sometime in September of 44. There is in fact a street named after him in Berlin, dedicated to this "Martyr to Fascism." Being that there is no longer anyone to discuss this with, I am wondering if you can point me in a direction where I can find out more about this courageous man.
19 July 2010 - Eugene, Oregon

Webmaster comments   Peter,
A good starting point is probably Peter Hoffman's comprehensive study of the German Resistance titled just that (in English): The German Resistance to Hitler. If you can track that done in a library you can check the index for your grandfather, read what he has to say, and see what his sources are. Then you can start tracking down those sources if you want. Alternatively, you could contact the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand in Berlin and ask them if anyone knows anything about Otto Marquardt. Keep in mind that if the street named after him was in East Berlin (which I strongly suspect because of the designation "Martyr to Fascism" which is not a phrase used int he West), he will most likely have been a member of the Communist Resistance to Hitler. Helena P. Schrader
Kevin M. Varner |
Thank you very much for your reply. I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with 14 (yes 14!) WASPs in Sweetwater. They are truly grand ladies.
I do have a question regarding the Luftwaffe Helferinnen. How many were there? Once the topic of Helferinnen get opened, then numbers run from 10,000 to 500,000. Duties, titles, organizations and sub-orgs are conflated into one big mess.
7 July 2010 - Round Rock, TX

Webmaster comments   Keven,
Unfortunately you've caught me while I am on holiday in Maine (and where I didn't see your comment earlier because I didn't have internet for the first ten days!) Unfortunately, I do not have my library with me, because I own an excellent and comprehensive history of Wehrmacht Helferinnen. In short, I can't give you a precise answer at this time, however, I can tell you this: initially all women in the armed forces were volunteers, and the numbers were in the tens of thousands. In early 1943, women also became subject to conscription. Conscription could be to factories or other public institutions or into the armed forces. By the end of the war, I believe there were roughly 500,000 women in military uniform - but that would have included women in the Army, Navy and SS as well as the Luftwaffe. Women in the Luftwaffe were not allowed into any flying positions, however, they were involved in almost everything else including some highly technical work. Jobs included radar plotting and radio controlling of fighter aircraft - the latter because the Luftwaffe found that women's voices transmitted better and were easier to understand for the pilots. Obviously, women also filled more "traditional" roles such as secretarial work and cooking. If you are interested in more detail, just reply to this post and I'll get back to you with more information after I again have access to my sources. Meanwhile, have a good summer.
Helena P. Schrader
Kevin M Varner |
I am a grad student at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. I have recently written a paper for a class title Women and WWII. Your articles provided some excellent leads into the women who flew for both the ATA and the WASP. I will be attending the WASP Gold Medal Reunion on May 29th in Sweetwater. I have a tentative meeting with a WASP for an Oral History interview. Thank you very much.
17 May 2010 - Austin, TX

Webmaster comments   Kevin, Glad I could help! Have a wonderful time in Sweetwater and enjoy the interview as well. Meeting these women - just like meeting members of the German Resistance to Hitler - very much enriched my life. Helena
Susanne Tinzmann |
Hello Helena,
I have so enjoyed reading your books on Sparta, in fact they opened a whole new world to me, and have been looking for any publishing date on your books on Leonidas for quite some time now. When can we expect the first one?

Thanks also for a most splendid website on Sparta - it is extremely informative and interesting.
24 March 2010 - Denmark

Webmaster comments   Thank you for your loyalty! I am putting the finishing touches on cover design and my editor has the manuscript. I anticipate a publication date in June or July 2010. Helena
J. Jaworski |
As your namesake from 328 uncovered the one true garment, might you also write the history of this robe from the time of Elijah to Jesus to Saul to Constantine, to its use in the modern age?
21 March 2010 - USA

Webmaster comments   A fascinating idea and I am flattered you trust I could do it! I find, however, that I must follow my internal inspiration and rarely have success with ideas suggested to me. Maybe this is something you should think of doing yourself? Helena
Charles LeMaire |
I found your website after an extensive search on the German Resistance. HAve you eve interviewed anyone who directly know Hitler and if so what made him so mad with hate?
18 February 2010 - USA

Webmaster comments   Charles, several of the people I knew had met Hitler personally, usually only once or twice in relatively formal settings - inspections, rallies etc. The person I knew well, who had "experienced" Hitler most frequently was Philipp Baron von Boeselager. Boeselager served as Ordonnanzoffizier (ADC) to Generalfeldmarschall von Kluge, who commanded Army Group Center on the Eastern Front from July 1942 to October 1943, and took over command of Germany's forces on the Normandy front ca. July 1, 1944. Boeselager spent roughly one year with Kluge and among his duties was listening to every phone conversation the Feldmarschall had with Hitler (and other senior officers). In addition, Boeselager was present a one or two private dinner parties with Hitler and his inner circle. Boeselager was a committed member of the German military resistance to Hitler and a devout Catholic. He was also a brilliant cavalary commander who eventually won the Knight's Cross. He described several encounters with Hitler, and the key feature of these is that Hitler was far more complex than modern portrayals that focus on his carefully crafted external image and what he ultimately did. The best psychological analysis of Hitler that I have ever read is Sebastian Haffner's biography "Anmerkungen zu Hitler." I do not know if that is available in English. If you wish to hear more of Boeselager's annecdotes, provide me with your email address and I will send them directly to you. Helena
david aris |
Helena, Have just finished reading "The Blockade Breakers", once I had started I could not put it down! As an 80 year old person who went through WW2 as a child in the north of England and experienced bombing at first hand; I can recall the blockade when I was a late teenager. It is a long time since I have read such a well presented book, all the necessary facts are there but it is not cluttered with too much detail as some books are. The history section leading up to the blockade is most interesting and your conclusions give food for thought. First class, thanks, David Aris.
6 January 2010 - The Lake District, Cumbria, England.

Webmaster comments   Thank you! I cannot tell you how much it means to me that people who lived through these events find my books worth reading. This is why I am so proud of Wing Commander Bob Doe's endorsement of my novel on the Battle of Britain, Chasing the Wind. Thanks for taking the time to write to me.
All the Best for 2010!
Silja Helf |
I finished Codename Valkyrie some time ago. I liked it very much. A pity so little is known about Olbricht, also as a private person.
I wrote a longer comment in an e-mail from June.
13 July 2009 - Germany

Webmaster comments   Silja, I did not get the email. Helena
Michael Sagner |
I just finished reading "Chasing The Wind". It turned out to be the best aviation novel I have read so far; I enjoyed it very much and I'm starting "The lady in the Spitfire" right away .
Now if someone could come up with enough airworthy Hurricanes and a good screenplay to make a CGI-free movie or TV mini-series from it .
27 May 2009 - Germany

Webmaster comments   Thank you very much! Please recommend it to your friends. Helena

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