"Through Innocent Eyes" captures the self-actualization of 10 year old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood to adolescence and becomes 'one' with her country. At 13, Gertrude travels 450 miles to "Landjahr Lager.” Here, she will receive the very best rural education. In 1941, there are one-hundred thousand girls in Landjahr, and Gertrude Kerschner is one of them. The revised edition is now available!
Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth by Cynthia A. Sandor
WWII Living History Battle - Center Hill, Florida - May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017 – Center Hill, Florida – 10:30 am – FREE PARKING
Attention All Allied and Axis Living History Re-enactors!
It is 1941 and the Axis have converged on
this small village occupying the buildings. Civilians are gathered and
discussing the eminent surrender of their village. An assault is launched when
the Allies arrive in their convey traversing in from the back roads to the main
square. An extraordinary young patrol leader launches his band of 16 men and
put on a daring raid and tries to crumple the enemy’s immediate defenses. Combat
fighting ensues and many are wounded by gunfire. Medics race to their brothers
aid only to be caught in the cross fire. The next moments will justify their
very existence. Their mission is to knock out enemy soldiers and their
emplacements among the buildings and take back the village.
Spectators will witness men, women, and
their machines perform a living tribute to the veterans of WWII through dress,
mock battles, and living history displays.
Public Schedule of Events:
up 8:00 – 9:30 am – if you wish to set up the night before, please contact Paul
Re-enactment – 11:00 am
have photos taken with vehicles, re-enactors and veterans after the battle.
Vehicles will gather in downtown Webster on Central Ave and will travel to
downtown Center Hill. You will be met by
a representative of the event.
will also be filmed for media.
Corner building will be opened and used for
This is the VERY LAST TIME we will be able to use these 1930’s
abandoned buildings in Center Hill Florida for our WWII re-enactment events. We
were given such short notice that Sumter County will be demolishing these
historical buildings and our last day to utilize these buildings will be on May
re-enactors are encouraged to RSVP for complimentary food for their
participation in this event.
Public Parking on all side roads and FREE
parking will be available. More details to follow.
Center Hill is rich with American History
dating back to 1800. The town's layout was influenced by slave quarters,
Seminole villages, and African villages. The residents lived in buildings
constructed from daub, thatch, and lumber. The government noticed the area’s
fertility and discovered that the black Seminoles grew rice, peanuts, and corn.
By the 20th Century, Center Hill was known for
its string bean, green peas and lima bean production which was shipped to New
England, Chicago, and Detroit.By the
1930’s, soil fertility declined and by 1975 the bean farmers have all but left.
Since 1988, farmers are still growing bell peppers, cucumbers, squash,
tomatoes, and watermelons.
archaeologists from the University of Florida started their first excavation of
a black Seminole village in a pasture about two miles from Center Hill. The
researchers hoped to determine the town's social structure and the former
residents' lifestyle. The investigators found dozens of artifacts, including
iron pieces, stoneware, glass beads, nails, and pottery. Historians believe that over 100 black
Seminoles lived in in this area known as Peliklakaha, one of the largest known
black Seminole village.
Center Hill WWII Living History You Tube Video - click on photo below