Thursday, July 26, 2018

Local German WWII War bride holds book signing event at Hein & Co. - Sat Aug 11

“Otti Remembers” memoir tells life of German teen enduring hardships during World War II and becoming a U.S. war bride Resident gives first-hand look at surviving TB and bombs

JACKSON, CALIF.: Otti Ney, co-author of a memoir, will describe the horrors of what it was like as a teen living in Germany during World War II. Hein & Co. Bookstore, Jackson, invited Ney and her daughter, Denise, to sign their books at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Otti, a 33-year resident of Sutter Creek, will be joined by Denise Ney, her daughter and co-author from Madison, Wisc.

Otti Remembers: German WWII Teen Immigrates to America offers a rare, first-hand account of those turbulent times. Otti Baulig Ney, 89, reveals how she endured bombing raids, tuberculosis (TB) and extreme deprivation as a teen during the war years. She even has her own #MeToo story to tell about Ellis Island.

In the book, readers will discover how a chance meeting with Laurie Ney, an American soldier, led to eventual marriage. After spending only ten days with Otti, Laurie focused on obtaining a visa for her. After three long years, Otti immigrated to America and became his bride. The couple enjoyed 63 years of marriage until Laurie’s death in 2012.

Denise Ney grew up hearing her mother’s amazing stories of surviving the war as an everyday German citizen. The mother-daughter duo collaborated to write the memoir and preserve Otti’s valuable stories for future generations, history enthusiasts and scholars.

Impressions of Book
Readers offered the following comments:
Lejames “Lee” Suess, Jackson Stammtisch German Club, Jackson, Calif., offered the following comment to Otti Ney: “You sure have endured a lot in your lifetime, some bad and most good. I was struck by the close relationship you had with your family…”
Dan Kafka, Madison, Wisconsin reader, said, “It’s a good account of what day-to-day living was like for a common civilian both leading up to and during the war. So many life adjustments had to be made, especially for housing, as more and more cities were destroyed.”

Otti Remembers shares anecdotes of key figures in the author’s life. They include:
  • Great-Aunt Greda, the only relative with shelter, fed 20 family members, read palms to supplement income and took eggs and vegetables in trade.
  • Beloved Shopkeeper Mrs. Moitz who knew all the gossip and met a violent end
  • Sigmund, a fellow TB patient, artist and pianist who provided cutting-edge medicine and food for Otti and her Polish sanitorium roommate
For more information about “Otti Remembers,” visit It also is available at the Hein & Co. Bookstore, 204 Main St. Jackson, California.

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