Wednesday, August 20, 2014

D-Day Conneaut, Ohio - August 22-23,2014 - WWII Re-enactment and Book Signing Event

**** D-Day Conneaut, Ohio - August 22-23,2014 - WWII Re-enactment and Book Signing Event **** 

Join over 1550 WWII re-enactors and over 35,000 spectators at this spectacular D-Day Event in Conneaut, Ohio! 

Meet author Cynthia A. Sandor at the German PX in the Occupied France Zone. She will be autographing her book "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth," at the annual D-Day Conneaut, Ohio event. Along with over 1550 re-enactors, Ms. Sandor will be accompanied with a select group of Hitler Youth - BDM girl re-enactors.

 D-Day Conneaut - Author Book Signing information 

Hitler Youth Rally - 1935 - Triump of the Will

Monday, August 4, 2014

Deanna Spingola interview with Cynthia Sandor - Part I

Deanna Spingola interview with Cynthia Sandor - Part I

Never before seen photos of the girls in Landjahr Lager - Seidorf.  Ms. Sandor discusses her book "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth" with Deanna Spingola.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Inside the Hitler Youth Camps - Landjahr Lager Journal Goes Up for Auction

Inside the Hitler Youth Camps

The article in the Daily Mail - UK web site tells of a fascinating story about 15 year old Friedhelm Huhn's time in Landjahr Lager during 1938.  The article goes on to talk about the 'chilling' photographs that show how teenagers in Germany were brainwashed into supporting the fascist cause at these Hitler Youth indoctrination camps.  This is far from the truth. Let me explain exactly what the Landjahr Lager (Country Service Camps) were all about. 

I know first hand about Landjahr Lager because my mother wrote about her time in Landjahr Lager - in 1941 when she was in Seidorf, Niederschlesien. I currently hold her journal in my possession. 

FACTS about Landjahr Lager for the BDM girls, which are very similar to the boy's time in Landjahr Lager.

Landjahr Lager (Country Service Camp) taught the girls courage, confidence, and built their moral character in a friendly and fun atmosphere through the power of camaraderie. This elite rural educational program provided the fundamental building blocks which would stay with them the rest of their lives. 
The educational curriculum was designed exclusively by the Reich’s Ministry of Science, Education, and Culture.  The focus was to build the girls full individual potential to become full productive members in society. 
Their education went beyond the traditional home economics and child rearing as we have all come to believe.  Through a myriad of enriching experiences, these girls developed their interpersonal mental, physical, and spiritual skills. Their challenging assignments included thought provocative discussions, problem-solving activities, and team-building exercises, which ended in their daily prayer.  
They contributed to local society by working with the farmers planting and harvesting the local crops, holding theatrical plays and musical performances, and organizing summer festivals for the townspeople. 
By the time these girls graduated at the age of 14, they could move into their chosen vocation from agriculture, hospitality, retail, office work, or full home management and child care. They had an exact understanding of their responsibility and duties to their state and in their work place.  It was a great honor to be chosen for Landjahr Lager. 

Hidden for more than 50 years, my heritage was revealed I found mother's personal journal from the time she was in the Landjahr Lager - Seidorf camp.

Four months before my mother passed away, I accidentally found her personal, hand written journal, written in Fraktur script. 
Reviewers have said........
"Ms. Sandor brings history to life in her first published non-fiction book, "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth." "She is significantly breaking new ground by chronicling the hidden history of the emotional toll that World War II exacted on the Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM) girls who participated in the Landjahr Lager (Country Service Camp) program, and those who loved them.

Sandor explains the origin of her book: "In 1941, my mother Gertrude Kerschner wrote a personal journal (complete with photos) when she was in "Landjahr Lager Seidorf," while serving in the BDM, the girls division of the Hitler Youth. This book captures the self-actualization of 10-year old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood and living in poverty, to adolescence and becoming 'one' with her country." 
Sandor's book has become a national voice for German/Austrian mothers and grandmothers who have remained silent about their experiences in the BDM and are still in fear of speaking about this time to their daughters and granddaughters.  "Through Innocent Eyes" is considered by some as the "Opposite of the Anne Frank Diary."
Gertrude met and married Cynthia's father, PFC Robert Sandor - 1280th Army Corp. of Engineers Battalion, Company "C" - 65th Infantry (Battle Ax), after the war and moved to Greenwich, Ct.

...."This is such an important, authentic, and engaging piece of scholarly work that it should become a valuable part of WWII history." Verlagsagentur (Publishing Agency) Mag. Michael Hlatky – Germany


For more information on Landjahr Lager, please visit:   
Thank you. 
~ Cynthia A. Sandor ~


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

January 2014 - Military Events

January 5, 2014, Illinois: Glendale Heights Militaria Show
Location: The Ramada Inn and Suites, 780 E. North Ave.(Rt.64 1/2 mile West of I-355) Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Details: Show hours are 8am to 1pm. Admission is $5.00. Exhibitor Table Pricing For 8' Tables $40
Contact: Jeff Stone, phone: 708-558-0587, email:

January 17 – 19, 2014, Missouri- Battle of the Bulge Loc: Camp Clark, Nevada, MO
Event Times: 0830 Saturday, 1/18/14 to 1630 Saturday, 1/18/14
Registration Times: 1/17/14 - 1400 to 2300; 1/18/14 – 0600 to 0800
Pre-Registration: Required on website:
Fee: $20
Contact: Dave Hruska
Authenticity Notes: WW II HRS rules apply, period is Dec 44 – Jan 45, ETO.
Prohibited Vehicles/Items: No Vehicles allowed
Restrictions on Minors: WW II HRS rules
Other restrictions: No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on Camp Clark
Sponsoring Unit(s): G Company, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division and the 38th Jäger Regiment

January 25-26, 2014, Ohio: Mansfield Gun Show
Location: Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 North Home Rd. Mansfield, OH 44906
Details: Show hours are 8am to 1pm. Admission is $5.00. Exhibitor Table Pricing For 8' Tables $40
Contact: Chris Beebe 330-806-1110, email:

January 25, 2014, Indiana - OSTFRONT II @BLASTCAMP - Blastcamp, Hobart, IN.
Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Event Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Registration Times: 7:30am to 9:45am
Fee: $15 if pre-registered, $20 at the gate
Contact: Doug Loge
Authenticity Notes: HRS rules apply
Prohibited Vehicles/Items: No Vehicles
Restrictions on Minors: HRS rules apply
Other restrictions: Open to ostfont Allied registration only
Sponsoring Unit(s): Assistance from 5th SS Wiking

The above information has been taken from other web sites.  Please check with event organizer prior to event. 

February 2014 - Military Events

All information taken from other sites.  Please check with event organizer prior to event.

February 7 – 9, 2014, Belleview, Florida - Author Book Signing!

The Southern Outpost Military Vehicle Winter Rally and Swap Meet, sponsored by the First Florida Chapter, MVPA and the Market of Marion.  

Behind the Market of Marion
12888 S.E. US Hwy 441
Belleview, FL.
Just 10 miles south of Ocala, FL.  
For registration forms and more info contact:  Dave Thomas, 352-288-0604, or Charles Craven, 352-245-2208. - Register through the1st Florida MVPA Chapter -

Feb. 28 - March 2, 2014 - Louisville, KY - Ohio Valley Military Society - Show of Shows
Kentucky Exposition Center
South Wing A and the East Hall
I-264: Exit 11 · I-65: Exit 131-B
Louisville, Kentucky

Web Site:  Facebook page:

Feb. 28 - March 2, 2014 - Bushnell, Florida - Dade Battlefield History State Park
WWII Commemorative Weekend  

Join the Dade Battlefield Society in honoring all those who served in the largest conflict in human history. On the site of an actual U. S. Army Signal Corps encampment, this popular event returns for its second year, and will have the following schedule:
Friday, February 28
1300: Registration/ Start Setting Up
1800: Rehearsal of Public Battle
Becky Wanamaker
Saturday, March 1 & Sunday, March 2
0800: Displays completed
0930: Safety and Weapons Inspection

Mandatory rehearsal
1000: Event opens to the public
1015: Raising of The Colors
0830 hours on Saturday, March 1st.
1300: Weapons Demonstrations
1400: Public WWII Reenactment Battle
1600: Closing Ceremony (1500 on Sunday)

Re-enactors and equipment exhibitors receive complimentary admission to the park.

There is a $10 vendor fee and $5 table fee, if needed, for thoseselling items during the event. Participants are expected to remain through 1500 hours on Sunday.
Contact: Jean Creamer
Food, drink, and 1940’s music are on the grounds all day.
USO show and refreshments for participants on Saturday night.
Staying overnight at the park is OK, with both dry camping and a limited number of sites with hookups available upon advance request.


March 2014 - Military Events

All information has been taken from other sites.  Please check with the events organizer prior to event.  

March 8, 2014 – Devil Dog Military Depot & Gunn Hwy Flea Market –
Free Military Vehicle Display with Trophies
Military Collectables and antiques for sale
Fee: $20 per space
Rain or Shine
Food available for purchase
Time:  8 – 3, Saturday                    
Set up on Friday – March 7th. 9:00 – 5:00 pm

Gunn Hwy Flea Market
2317 Gunn Hwy – Intersection of State Rd 54 and Gunn Hwy
Odessa, Florida 33556
3 miles west of Veterans Expressway – Exit: State Rd 54
Join us in Honoring our Veterans and Support our Troops
Contact:  The Devil Dog – John Lendell
Cell: 727-234-4734
Business # 813-920-3181
Hugh Townsend - 727-372-6615

March 9, 2014, Illinois: Glendale Heights Militaria Show - IL
Location: The Ramada Inn and Suites, 780 E. North Ave.(Rt.64 1/2 mile West of I-355) Glendale Heights, IL 60139-  Details: Show hours are 8am to 1pm. Admission is $5.00. Exhibitor Table Pricing For 8' Tables $40 Contact: Jeff Stone, phone: 708-558-0587, email:

March 1 – 2,  2014, Arizona: 10th annual Southwest Military Transport Show sponsored by the Arizona Historical Military Transport Association at the Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ – home of the B-17G “Sentimental Journey”. Many exciting and unique military vehicles and aircraft will be on display as well as a military vehicle parts swap meet, collectibles, memorabilia, food and fun. Visit for info.

March 1, 2014, Pennsylvia: Annual REDBALL Military Transport Winter Swap Meet at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park Hall, East 10th St, 2 blocks east of PA903, Jim Thorpe, PA. Tables full of militaria and military vehicle items, refreshments and low admission fee. Show: 9am-5pm. Vendor setup: February 28, 9am-5pm. Contact: Jim Gilmore, Web:
Florida, March 8, 2014: WWII Display at Tampa Bay Racers’ Reunion, NSRA Appreciation Day at the 6225 Old Pasco Rd., Wesley Chapel, FL. Contact: (813) 991-4361.

March 9, 2014, New Hampshire: Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors’ Military Flea Market at (New Location) the Milford Army National Guard Armory, 154 Osgood Rd., Milford, NH from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with set-up from 8 – 9 a.m. For more information visit:

March 14, 15, 16, 2014 – Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville, Florida 32780     
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March 21 – 22, 2014, Texas: Museum of the American G.I. Open House, 1303 Cherokee Dr., College Station, TX opening at 9 a.m. both days. Historic military vehicle displays, flea market, re-enactments, demonstrations, youth educational program and more are scheduled. WWII battle held at 3 p.m. Saturday, and a Friday night fund raising BBQ will be held. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, 5 and under free. For more information, tickets and directions visit:

March 21 – 23, 2014, Michigan – Delay the Inevitable – Augusta, MI
Loc: Fort Custer Training Center , Augusta, MI
Event Times: Base is open at 2pm on Friday
Registration Times: 2pm - 10:30pm Friday, Saturday 7:30 am - 9am
Pre-Registration: by Wednesday, 3/19 10pm
Fee: Preregistered $22, on day of event $25. Saturday Banquet $9
Contact: Alan Miltich 517-796-9193 9am - 9pm EST
Authenticity Notes: Late war, HRS S&A enforced
Prohibited Vehicles/Items: Hand made pyro and airborne mortar shells
Restrictions on Minors: 16 and up permitted
Sponsoring Unit(s): "Infamous Alfons" and 5SS Wiking Pionier

March 28 – 30, 2014, Missouri - WELDONKRIEG 2014 (WESTERN FRONT EVENT)
Location: Weldon Springs Training Area (WSTA), 7301 Hwy 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63376
Pre-Registration: (click here) - Fee: $25.00
- Fw. DAVID GOODWIN (Axis) 15505 NEW HALLS FERRY RD FLORISSANT, MO 63031 314-456-1100
- Obfw. DAVID (Earl) OVERSCHMIDT (Axis) 102 WISTERIA CT. KANSAS CITY, MO 64089 314-753-7547
- Cpt. Tim Scherrer (Allied) 835 Oak Lawn Drive, Columbia, MO 65203
- 84th Infantry Division (Railsplitters) 573-489-4891
Authenticity Notes: HRS Authenticity Guidelines apply to this event. All German, American and other Western Front Impressions are Welcome. WWII HRS Safety and authenticity rules apply and will be strictly enforced. All reenactors participating will have proper period hairstyles for their respective nationality. Participants will use weapons of the type their respective impression/ unit would have carried on the Western Front during this timeframe.
Prohibited Vehicles/Items: Authentic or Period vehicles only. Host unit(s) will be using several administrative vehicles to facilitate the event
No alcoholic beverages permitted on Weldon Springs Training Site. No smoking inside of buildings. Smoking in designated areas only. No Illegal Substances.
Restrictions on Minors: No one under the age of 16 will be allowed to attend this event. Attendees 16-17 years old may participate in the tactical battle but must sign any waivers and must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or their designee.
Other restrictions: Blanks/ Pyro: HRS guidelines regarding the use of blanks will be observed at all times. No Live ammo of any kind. Pyro and smoke must be commercially purchased and pre-approved. No exceptions.

Staybridge Suites: 11 55 Technology Dr. Weldon Springs, MO 63376 (636) 300-0999
Residence Inn: 101 Progress Point Ct. O’Fallon, MO 63368, (636) 300-3535
Holiday Inn Express: 1175 Technology Dr, O'Fallon, MO 63368(636) 300-4844
Sponsoring Unit(s): JAGERREGIMENT .38 (HRS), 84th Infantry Division (Railsplitters) (HRS)