Recently, I’ve written three stories that tell my family’s history in Germany before my dad, and his mother came to the US in 1928. When I turned 16 on September 2, 1957, I got my driver’s license and three weeks later my first car, a seven-year-old 1950 Ford. I could now travel on my own. My father’s mother, Helene Quandt Liebert Gohmann, lived in the small town, Copiague, 10 miles east of where we lived in Amityville. Her health, at 74, was faltering because she had only one functioning lung and smoked cigarettes and cigars secretly. My dad suggested my grandmother help me with the German I was studying by having lunch together on Saturdays. We would speak German, and I would (secretly) monitor her health. She knew, of course, precisely what I was doing, but she loved telling me stories about her life and speaking German, so she didn’t object to my visits. So, began a 2½-year adventure learning about my family and their living in Germany. The story highlighted today comes from those dialogues. When my grandmother, Helene, was 15 she was sent to Northern Italy to an all-girls school to recover from Tuberculous. This story captures her three years at Mama Henny’s Boarding School for Girls. Teenage girls love this story
Helene was 15, living with her family in Berlin. Her great-grandfather, a high-ranking aristocrat left France in 1788 and moved with the family’s wealth to Germany. They had lived in Berlin ever since. In late 1897 her world was shattered when the doctor said: “You have TB!” which was an almost certain death sentence. She looked forward to a great inheritance, but now she had TB. Would she live to have a wonderful life or die in her youth? Her father, Herr Quandt, found a school in northern Italy, near Milan, that took aristocratic girls with lung diseases. Many returned home after three years at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls in good health. Both the climate and the environment of study seemed to help to heal the girls. Helene, her sister Eva and her best friend Bette embarked on a three-year adventure to school in northern Italy. Helene is their story of life and death, joy, and sorrow, Illness and health, leadership and revenge. Three girls would begin at Mama Henneys in 1898, but in 1901 only two would return to Berlin. This story is the recollections of real events from the life of the author’s grandmother.
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Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Gospel Christmas Story. 2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. My Grandmother’s adventures in 1900 Northern Italy. 3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace. 4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.” NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child. 5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folk tale dramatically illustrated by events in 1921.