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Gisela Potts, A Woman in Hitler's Military
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 6, 2014

The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is presenting a special program by Gisela Potts on Monday, March 17, at 6:30 P.M. in the Stribling Room. Gisela was born in Germany in 1926. For several years she did the things that all children did. Like most little girls, Gisela loved playing with her dolls, going to the movies, and sharing a joke with her little sister. Unlike most little girls, at the age of seven Gisela became a member of the Hitler Youth.

When Gisela was in high school, she was ordered to report to a Well-Child Clinic where she helped feed babies in a room that housed sixteen babies and one caregiver. Over time she learned that the babies were a part of Hitler’s plan to create a Master Race. The children’s parents, who were blond, blue-eyed healthy adults, almost never had contact with their baby after the child was born. If a mother did appear and ask to see her baby, she was only permitted to see the child behind a glass window.

By the time Gisela was seventeen, she was ordered into the Nazi Army and sent to work in a factory where she helped to make bombs. She spent many nights in a bunker located near the bomb factory that was continually shelled by Allied bombers. In one instance when she was running with another girl to take shelter, the girl was hit and killed, and Gisela ran on – there was nothing else to do. Join us at the library to hear the rest of Gisela’s story. Admission is free.

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