Thursday, January 9, 2020

World War II Commemorative Weekend Dade Battlefield - 2020 - Bushnell, FL

March 7 - 8, 2020

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 Battlefield Parkway
Bushnell, FL  33513

For over twenty years, the Dade Battlefield Society has been commemorating the most widespread armed conflict in history and celebrating both military and popular civilian culture during the WWII war years..

This weekend includes:

Allied and Axis uniformed re-enactors
Authentic camps and equipment
1940’s military vehicles
USO - Style Music
Comedy performance in the style of George Burns and Gracie Allen
Participate in intelligence gatherings and other missions
WWII Military Vendors
WWII Book Authors

Each site has a representation of authentic memorabilia during WWII with living history re-enactors available to answer your questions. You become fully immersed when they regale you with their stories. They portray the units of the military and civilians from different backgrounds, German, and American. One such German re-enactor is Aldis Grauds who portrayed Bruno Almanis who was the Unit Commander for the First SS Panzer Battalion. I’ve even seen a Russian or two walk around!

Elin T. Gottschalk experienced WWII when she was a child and documented her story in her award winning book “Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace.”  It’s always a pleasure talking to her at the event. Publisher: Evershine Press, Inc. Facebook:  Author Elin Toona Gottschalk

Four months before her mother passed away,  Cynthia Sandor found her mother’s secret journal from the time she was in the League of German Girls and wrote her biography entitled “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth.”  She will be displaying various BDM items.
Publisher: BDM Publishing
Facebook: Cynthia A. Sandor - Author

Set under a canopy of oak trees, military vendors display their authentic pieces and food vendors will fill your belly. Stroll along the hiking trails with their abundant wildlife, stop by the visitor’s center and view the WWII displays. The bathrooms are clean and everyone is friendly! This is a great place to bring the kids and educate them about World War II history.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday

10:00 am - Saturday - opens to public
10:15 am -  Raising of the colors at the Gazebo
11:00 am - USO style Armed Forces Radio broadcast at the Alligator Pavilion
12:00 pm / 2:00 pm - Review of military troops and vehicles
4:00 pm - Sunday - Closing ceremony lowering of the colors

It takes a dedicated group of people to plan, organize and host this annual event. Special thanks to Steve Resnick, President of the Dade Battlefield Historical State Park Society, the First Florida Chapter MVPA, and the Florida Historical Preservation Society for putting this annual event together.  

There is a $4 per person fee into the park.
Kids under 6, WWII & Korean Vets FREE.
Please contact the Dade Battlefield for more information Dade Battlefield Historical State Park

Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Author Signing Event and Military Collector Show

*** FREE EVENT ***

April 13, 2019 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Renniger's Military Collector Show
Author Book Signing Event
20651 US 441
Mount Dora, FL  32757

Book authors:

Elin T. Gottschalk, "Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace," and Cynthia A. Sandor, "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth," will be displaying their items and selling their books $20 each - autographed.

About: "Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace" by Elin T. Gottschalk

The horrors of war are exemplified in this compelling memoir of a young girl and her family. Young Elin, her mother, and grandmother are swept up in the mass exile from Estonia during World War II. As Germans and Russians battle over Estonia, Elin and her family are forced to flee the country or be deported to Siberia. They use any mode of transportation available to arrive in a refugee camp. They spend months trying to find a way to immigrate to England, the land of promise in their eyes. Arriving, they find that all is not as they thought it would be. Mother and Grandmother are assigned to cleaning duties at a hospital and Elin is sent to an orphanage. As they struggle to stay together as a family and retain their heritage, they rely on each other while learning independence and perseverance. Artfully written, the author provides the reader with a detailed and compelling story of hardship turning into triumph!

2004 – White Start V Class Medal from President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel

2013 – The Economist – Best Books in December category

2015 – Royal Dragonfly Book Award – Honorable Mention

2015 – US Review of Books

2016 – US Review of Books

2016 – Eric Hoffer Award – Memoir Honorable Mention

2016 – Eric Hoffer Award – Grand Prize Short List

2016 – Eric Hoffer Award – The Montaigne Medal Finalists

2017 – Estonia Cultural Capital Endowment Best Book of 2017
Freestyle Golden Globe Award

Publisher: Evershine Press - Tampa Florida
ISBN# 978-0-989566131

Facebook: Elin T. Gottschalk - Author


"Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth" by Cynthia A. Sandor

The National Socialistic upbringing in the League of German Girls uses paramilitary-like disciplinary measures to build their loyalty and moral character. Coupled with pagan rituals, songs, and folklore, "Through Innocent Eyes" captures the self-actualization of ten-year-old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood and living in poverty to adolescence and becoming "one" with her country. By age thirteen, Gertrude is chosen for Country Service Year Camp, called "Landjahr Lager." Here, she will receive the very best rural education for the Reich only wants the healthiest and strongest girls. In 1941, there are one-hundred thousand girls serving in Landjahr Lager and Gertrude Kerschner is one of them. Based upon the original journal and discussion with the author's mother and anchored in historical facts. Includes 51 photos.

Publisher: BDM History - Tampa Florida
Hardcover ISBN # 978-099975500-6
Paperback ISBN # 978-0-578-17724-3
E-book ISBN # 978-0-999-75501-3

Facebook: Cynthia A. Sandor - Author

About the Military Collector Show - Military collectibles from all countries and all time periods bought, sold, traded.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

E-Book Available On Sale!

Click on the link below to preview and purchase a copy of 

"Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth" 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Commander's Call - Sidewalk Sale & Bazaar

January 20, 2018

Commander's Call - Sidewalk Sale & Bazaar
Hosted by the Museum of Military History 
5210 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Contact: Nicole (407) 507-2894 – Vendor Registration
Time: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

To educate, increase awareness, build knowledge and understanding of the American Military experience through interactive, interpretive exhibits designed for visitors of all ages. 

The Museum of Military History will be holding a Sidewalk Sale & Bazaar Fundraiser on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. We will have food & drinks for sale and a variety of vendors, including military surplus items. If you would like to set up a booth, please contact the Museum at 407-507-3894 between 10am and 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday and ask for Nicole. Space is limited, so make your reservation soon! Booth fee is on a donation basis, if you have a good day, help out the Museum by making a generous, tax-deductible contribution! The Sidewalk Sale & Bazaar are free to attend, but regular admission is required to tour the Museum. See the "About" section under “General Information” on our page for a breakdown of admission fees. Must bring your own tent, tables, and chairs. Booths can be set-up at 10:30am.

We are happy to announce that Cynthia A. Sandor, author to the book "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth" will be attending our event.  A limited amount of the first edition copies of her book will be available. 

To reserve your vendor spot, please contact Nicole at: (407) 507-2894. Vendor displays on a donation basis. All vendors are requested to RSVP on event page. 

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Military Memorabilia Show - Renniger's Mt. Dora Flea Market & Antique Center

January 13, 2018 

Military Memorabilia Show
Hosted by: Renningers Mount Dora Flea Market and Antique Center
20651 US-441, Mount Dora
Florida 32757

Please join book authors Cynthia A. Sandor, "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth," and Elin T. Gottschalk, "Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace" at the Military Memorabila Show. There will also be many military collectibles from all countries and all time periods bought, sold, traded. For more information, contact:

Greg Spaulding 407-462-2163 or 
John Anderson 407-376-2614
Greg Spaulding email -

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Jan. 6, 2018 - Radio Interview with Deanna Spingola

I am pleased to announce that I will be the guest speaker on Deanna Spingola’s live radio show “Spingola Speaks” discussing my book “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth.”

We invite you to listen and call in!

Call In Number: 800-313-9443

Starting at: 4:00 pm (EST), 3:00 pm (CST), 2:00 pm (MST), 1:00 pm (PST)

Direct link to listen live on your computer:

About the Book:

“Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth” tells of the true life-struggles of Gertrude Kerschner and her family set in Kleinzell, Austria prior to and after Austria is annexed into Germany. Gertrude’s life embarks on a remarkable journey of camaraderie under the Swastika. Gertrude’s mother, Josefa, becomes financially stable as all of her of five children are inducted into the Hitler Youth. As the war progresses, each embarks on their own path towards survival, freedom, loss, death, and ultimately reunite under the Western Allies. Based upon the author’s mother’s original journal and anchored in historical fact, “Through Innocent Eyes” celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of a child at war.

About the Author:

Cynthia A. Sandor is a historical novelist who weaves past events, people, and stories into a rich tapestry. When she isn't in front of her computer, she gives lectures at WWII Living History re-enactments and libraries. In her spare time, she gardens, and travels discovering amazing WWII stories. She is currently writing her father’s story of the time he was in WWII. Cynthia lives with her Chihuahua, “Little One,” in Florida.

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Note: A limited supply of the 1st Print edition remain before new release of book: March 1, 2018. Be sure to get your copy today because this edition contains the watermarks, bookmarker and special commemorative stamp! Autographed by the author! These books will become collectables!

About Deanna Spingola:

Deanna has engaged in extensive family history research through which she acquired an understanding of public and private records and an appreciation for accurate documentation and history. An understanding of our past is essential to our comprehension of contemporary events. She is not afraid to address controversial issues. She is the author of two books and is finishing her third in her “The Ruling Elite” trilogy.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

On the 5th of January, the "Glöcklerwalk from one door to another in the Salzkammergut. This is proper pagan-action and spectacular to watch. They are young men dressed up in white trousers and dress with large crest-hat decorations that are lit up from the inside. The "Glöckler" have bells on their belts and joints and perform dances. This was traditionally done to wake the seed in the soil and nature′s spirits. I can′t think of a justification the Catholic Church might have found for continuing with it, but pagan or not, it looks great.