to the Second Edition
book has been a long time in the making ~ more than
ten years. Actually I never gave much thought to writing
my memoirs until my American friends strongly urged me
to do so. They were amazed at my insider's account of
the World Wars and the difficult times that followed.
will read here about my eventful life
and that of my family and friends. At times it was hard
to relive the past with some of its ever so vivid occurrences.
My story is real. Of course it is strongly intertwined
with politics because there is no way to separate one
from the other.
While I have
happy childhood memories, I grew up in Germany during
the 1920's when the country was still reeling from
the aftermath of World War I. Then came the twelve years
of the dictator-type rule under Hitler, the end of free
speech and World War II. Life was never the same again,
yet nothing could kill our positive attitude and healthy
sense of humor.
Many who have
already read Laughter Wasn't Rationed told
me that I introduced them to a totally different side
of Germany's turbulent years. You will see how the average
citizen coped on a day-to-day basis, a different picture
than that promulgated by the press.
At the request
of readers, I have added a few more photos in this
second edition. Unfortunately many things were lost or
damaged during the war years, including family pictures,
so my choice was limited.
An ever guiding
force has been helping me throughout my entire life
and nature has blessed me with a strong will and constitution.
We have entered the new millennium and my generation is
coming to an end. However, I am fortunate to be here still,
and it is a pleasure to share my first-hand account with
Dorothea von Schwanenflügel Lawson