Welcome to Laughter Wasn't Rationed and the historical war memoir
of Dorothea von Schwanenflügel Lawson. She will take you from the Weimar Republic to the Berlin Wall, and give you a first-hand account of her life that is full of historical facts — the perspective of an ordinary citizen not found in history books. Vintage photos accompany her journey.
As a native
German born during World War I, Dorothea takes us from her relatively carefree youth through
the much-staged rise and fall of Hitler and his Nazi
Party, World War II and the devastating postwar years, up to the beginnings of the Cold War. Through her, you will experience
the air raids and intense bombing of Berlin, the ever-present
hunger, the Soviet invasion and other day-to-day struggles.
You will not only see the grim realities of life, but are treated to many jokes about the Third Reich that were once punishable by imprisonment or by death. You will also enjoy a small dose of German culture along the way, as well as her conversational style.
Unfortunately generations die out and the experiences of real people are lost forever. Dorothea's insight is invaluable, and has been recognized by several universities that are using her book and knowledge of Europe in their history courses.