Growing up in Berlin, Germany, during World War II, Ingrid Dickson was an open-eyed child with a curious mind and a sensitive nature. She watched and questioned everything around her with child-like transparency. She witnessed first-hand society's departure from human decency and the force of overwhelming political power.
Ingrid's unusual upbringing placed her squarely between a mother who was raised in the creative life of a circus family and a father who worked as an engineer who was forced into Hitler's inner circle. Because of this, Ingrid witnessed the war through both the elite world of German politics and the sheer necessity to be creative during a time when everyone was trying to survive and no one was untouched by life-threatening trauma and the strife of war.
Ingrid tells her unusual and sometimes upside-down and backward war memories with the clarity of a master story-teller and the accuracy of a truth-seeking observer.
Ingrid Dickson was born in 1936 to German parents. Ingrid's mother was raised in a circus family led by Ingrid's Grandfather, who was the trapeze "flier". She and her sister, Ingrid's aunt, were trained to perform in a side-show. Together, they created a sister-act that included singing, dancing, and acrobatic horses. When Ingrid's mother married, she gave up performance. However, Ingrid's aunt went on to establish her career as a song and dance performer, as noted in some of the stories.
When the war began, due to his technical expertise, Ingrid's father was forced to work as an engineer for the Nazi Party under the threat of death to him and his entire family. Not much is known about his work. However, Ingrid described memories of riding with him in large cavalcades of decorated limousines, and on occasion, visiting the beach with Hitler. After the war, Ingrid's father was offered professional asylum by the United States and the USSR. He refused both and stayed in Germany making small, hand-held radios for a living.
Under the infamous, harrowing circumstances of WWII, despite Ingrid's father's high-ranking position, his own family got entangled in life-threatening situations often with no hope to be seen. However, Ingrid's stories describe how her mother chose to act with an indomitable spirit of hope, courage and creativity to find a way through.
Ingrid Dickson passed away March 8, 2019.
CHAPTER 1 WHY?
CHAPTER 2 DR. PILLERMAN
CHAPTER 3 CHILDREN LOVE A PARADE
CHAPTER 4 MURDER AT THE STREETCAR STOP
CHAPTER 5 FAMILY ABDUCTED
CHAPTER 6 FIRE IN THE BASEMENT
CHAPTER 7 DANGEROUS MISTAKEN IDENTITY
CHAPTER 8 WAITING IN LINE FOR BREAD
CHAPTER 9 SCHOOL KIDS ON THE FRONT
CHAPTER 10 GRANDMOTHER'S NEIGHBORHOOD
CHAPTER 11 THE BUNKER
CHAPTER 12 RED SKY NIGHTS
CHAPTER 13 HERR TÜCHLER'S QUIET ESCAPE
CHAPTER 14 RUNAWAYS
CHAPTER 15 THROWING BREAD AT TRAINS
CHAPTER 16 THE MILK CAN
CHAPTER 17 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
CHAPTER 18 TEN DAYS IN THE LINE OF FIRE
CHAPTER 19 THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER ELBE
CHAPTER 20 CLIMBING LIKE A MONKEY
CHAPTER 21 THE RUSSIANS ARRIVE
CHAPTER 22 CAPTURED BY THE RUSSIANS
CHAPTER 23 JUMPING OVER THE RIVER FOR BREAD
CHAPTER 24 COMRADES IN VICTORY
ESCAPE ON A PAINTED HORSE
CHAPTER 26 MAKING FLAGS OVERNIGHT
CHAPTER 27 CHIPMUNKING
CHAPTER 28 ALL GREEN
CHAPTER 29 POTATO SHOES
CHAPTER 30 HERR TÜCHLER RETURNS