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Eleanor’s Story:

An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany

Ingrid Garner wrote and performs the internationally acclaimed, theatrical adaptation of her grandmother Eleanor Ramrath Garner's best-selling memoir, detailing her youth as an American caught in WWII Berlin.
 

It's a story of trying to maintain stability, hope, and identity in a world of terror and contrasts. During the Great Depression, when she is nine, Eleanor's family moves from her beloved America to Germany, where her father has been offered a good job. But war breaks out as her family is crossing the Atlantic, and they cannot return to the United States. Eleanor tries to maintain her American identity as she feels herself pulled into the turbulent life roiling around her. She fervently hopes for an Allied victory, yet for years she must try to survive the Allied bombs shattering her neighborhood. Her family faces separations, bombings, hunger, the final fierce battle for Berlin, the Russian invasion, and the terrors of Soviet occupancy. This compelling story immerses us in the daily struggles of surviving World War II as a civilian. It puts a very human face on the horrors of war and helps us understand that each casualty of war is a person, not a number.

 

Eleanor’s Story:

 Home Is the Stranger

From the creator of the international sensation 'Eleanor's Story: An American Girl In Hitler's Germany' comes the highly anticipated sequel, detailing life after war.

Eleanor managed to survived WWII as an enemy alien in Nazi Berlin, but upon her long-awaited return to the U.S., she sorrowfully discovers that her beloved America is now foreign to her. She yearns for normalcy as she attempts to navigate U.S. high school, haunted by war trauma.