About Sieglinde Martin: Sieglinde Martin was born in 1940 at the beginning of World War II in Langenfeld, Germany. In 1964 she came to the U.S. for a post-graduate traineeship in physical therapy. After meeting and marrying her husband Dr. Gerhard E. Martin, they made their home in Columbus. Here they worked and raised their four children. Now widowed and retired Sieglinde Martin is involved with peace and environmental projects.
Sieglinde Martin’s School Visits & Speaking Engagements: Sieglinde speaks on the topic of her book. Audience: Adult or Youth.
SMALL FEET ON THE RUN: CHILDHOOD DURING WORLD WAR II REMEMBERED AND ARGUMENTS AGAINST WAR (2017): You may know much about World War II, but did you ever wonder how children lived through this man-made disaster that killed twenty-nine million civilians in Europe?
Read about eighteen ordinary children whose childhood changed due to extraordinary events not of their making. How did they make sense of their world? They collected and traded bomb shrapnel instead of baseball cards; instead of watching cartoons, they ran out in the morning to see what last night’s bombs had destroyed; and boys played with live ammunition like your sons do with Fourth of July firecrackers. Ponder the bravery of the ten-year old girl traveling alone to her faraway home. Worry about the three-year-old watching her house burn. Cheer for the fearless boy who provides food for his family or wonder how it was possible that, in the middle of a large bombed-out city, a four-year-old brings a live chicken to her mother. These stories also talk about overwhelming fear, bottomless sadness, the heartwarming kindness of strangers and enemy soldiers, as well as childhood joys. At the end you may agree with the motto of the last chapter “Never Again War.”