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Dear Willy Book
Dear Willy Book
The True Story of a

Life Well Lived

When opened, the contents of an old suitcase revealed the struggles and determination of the German Geheb family as they survived the years from 1914 to 1947.

Read one of the best books about German American History.

Step back into the past and spend some time with a real German family during the difficult years of 1914 to 1947.

Get to know Willy Oswald Geheb, a young man who would not settle for what little Germany had to offer. He left his home to pursue his dreams.

Get involved in the adventures, heartaches, love, and passions of the Geheb family. Join Willy in military training in Germany in 1918.

Follow his adventures, endeavors, and conflicts in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Discover what ordinary Germans lived through after the First World War as their emperor abdicated, a new government was formed, and money totally lost its value.

Follow Hitler's rise from young revolutionary to full dictator and see how it affected the German people. Watch as the Geheb family grows and develops only to be taken to their knees after WWII.

Experience the vast differences between Germany and America, as the stories are revealed through photos and the actual letters written at the time events were happening. You will be inspired by the never-ending love and devotion that Willy Geheb had for his family.

Claire Ohlsson talks about the social history of Dear Willie

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Claire Ohlsson Geheb

I am Claire Ohlsson Geheb, editor of Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived. Throughout my life, I have been developing a passion for history, especially social history. As I learned about the important events of the past, I always wanted to know about the ordinary people and wondered what their lives were like.

When the old German letters were translated into English, I was intrigued by the stories that were told. I read the stories of a strong, loving, determined family as they were living through very difficult times. What started as a family project developed into a mission to share these revealing stories with others who have an interest in social history. As I edited and organized the letters, journals, and photos, I also added historical comments for clarification. I believe this book touches readers in a primal way, as it describes what we all want: to live our lives the best we can.

My goal is to promote this wonderful book, therefore making it available to more readers. I would like to have a German publisher translate it to German and offer it to the German people. I can also see it as a TV Miniseries. I am available for presentations about the process of making Dear Willy or to tell the story with photos, excerpts, and historical commentary.

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Pictures of a life well lived

Take a look back into Willy's time through his collection of photographs, handwritten letters, and memorabilia.

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About The Book

This is a story told through the descriptive journals and letters written by ordinary people living through extraordinary times. In their own words, the Geheb family share their adventures. heartaches, love, and passions from 1914 to 1947 in Germany and America. You will be inspired by the strength and perseverance of the German Gehebs and the never-ending love and devotion that Willy Oswald Geheb had for his family.

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