Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Belleview, Florida - Feb. 8 - 9, 2014 - Southern Outpost Military Vehicle Winter Rally & Author Booksigning



Four months before her mother passed away, author, Cynthia A. Sandor accidentally found a journal written by her mother who was a member of an elite group of young girls in the Hitler Youth program during WWII. 
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 M├Ądel (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."
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.
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.
...."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

Ms. Sandor will personally be selling and autographing her book at The Southern Outpost Military Vehicle Winter Rally and Swap Meet, sponsored by the First Florida Chapter, MVPA, located behind the Market of Marion on 1288 S.E. US Hwy 441, in Belleview, Florida this weekend February 8 – 9th, 2014. 
There will be Allied and Axis and 1940's civilian re-enactors, over 100 vintage military vehicles and motorcycles, and 40 vendors.

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