I would like to introduce you all to Phyllis Edgerly Ring. Phyllis lives in New Hampshire and returns as often as she can to her childhood home in Germany. Her years there left her with the deep desire to understand the experience of Germans during the Second World War. She has studied plant sciences and ecology, worked as a nurse, been a magazine writer and editor, taught English to kindergartners in China, and frequently serves as workshop facilitator and coach for others’ writing projects. She is the author of the novel, Snow Fence Road, and the inspirational nonfiction, Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details.
Phyllis has written a guest post for my blog.
Not even in extra-large versions of my wildest dreams did I imagine I would write a novel in which Hitler’s wife is a character.
The Munich Girl is about many things, including a secret friendship between two women, one of whom was the megalomaniac’s mistress — later wife — Eva Braun.
But it’s really about two facets of human experience that matter a great deal to me.
The first is the inner reunion of “coming home to” our truest self that we all must eventually encounter. We each have our own timetable for this, but my opportunity to accompany many people toward the end of their lives has assured me that this is so.
The second, and even more intriguing facet, for me, is the mysterious role that others play in that process, often in highly unexpected ways.
Anna, my novel’s protagonist, grew up eating most family meals under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. This baffling situation has never been explained, other than that the portrait is a sort of emblem for her father of the Allies’ triumph over the evils of the Third Reich.
Everything in Anna’s life is turned upside-down when she discovers that her mother had a secret friendship with Hitler’s mistress, and that the portrait is a key to unwrapping all of the other secrets this enfolds. An added complication is Hannes, a man whose Third-Reich family history is linked with Anna’s. (I’m not a series writer, but if I were, Hannes would be the character who called me back.)
In the years I spent in Germany as both child and adult, some of the kindest, most morally courageous people I knew were those Germans who never wanted the war, or National Socialism, and found creative ways to outlast it and to help others as they did. They also found ways to endure, not lose heart, and keep faith and hope in times of enormous destruction and suffering. And, they made meaningful choices wherever they could, mostly on behalf of others, more than themselves.
I always sensed that there was a lot waiting to be revealed under the surface of such stores as theirs. I just never could have imagined that the path to them would be linked with the life of Eva Braun. When I learned that an action she took in the last week of her life saved tens of thousand of Allied prisoners of war, including some British family members of my own, it was a turning point for me as a novelist. When her portrait then surfaced in my own life, it started me on a journey determined to uncover the legacies that always outlast every war, all of which, of course, can arise only from love.
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