“There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children – one is roots, and the other, wings.”
—Hodding S. Carter
Author and Journalist
Dr. Elke Hedstrom, Expert in Old German Translations
I was born in East Prussia, Germany and grew up in Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen, Germany after my family was forced to leave East Prussia at the end of World War II. In 1964, I received my Bachelor's degree in Education and History from the Pädagogische Hochschule ("Kant Hochschule") in Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany.
Shortly afterwards, I emigrated to the United States. Here, I was able to further my education, earning a Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, while teaching German part-time at various universities and junior colleges.
I marvel at your patience and persistence and the gift you have given us. You are so dedicated and thorough in all you do. I know that your work transcribing and translating other families' material has made an unbelievable impact on so very many families.
Dear Elke, thanks so much for your translations! Although I can pick out names, the details that you can provide give me new information and tell me more about their professions, homes, illnesses - their lives! Much appreciated!
Dear Dr. Hedstrom, I just wanted you to know how helpful your assistance has been in helping me search for my family. I thank you for your guidance and interpretations; without them I would still be looking in a haystack for that needle!