Elfrieda Martin, 89, formally of Germany, then Scottsbluff and currently Mitchell at the Mitchell Care Center will be talking about what it was like growing up in Berlin, Germany at the start of and during World War II. Frieda came to America in 1953 and has vivid memories of what it was like being a small girl during the war and how she and her family were treated by the Germans soldiers, then the Russian soldiers and finally the allied forces. Frieda will also talk about her trip to the U.S., her parents, how she met and then married her husband and her children. This forum will be a unique glimpse into pre and post war Germany and the lives of the people that were affected the most.
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A BIG Thank You to Micky Hara and Nancy Sato for presenting their program on the Japanese Friendly Circle Club, a local Nisei women's club based at the Japanese Hall in Scottsbluff. Micky started the program by discussing the words used to identify each Japanese generation in America, Issei: 1st generation; Nisei: 2nd generation; Sansei: 3rd generation; and Yonsei: 4th generation. Micky went on to discuss the research she did for her newly published book; Issei: The First Generation: Japanese Immigrants to Western Nebraska. Micky then discussed her plans for the next book she would like to publish. Nancy Sato continued the forum by discussing the Japanese Hall on Ave. C and Railway Ave. in Scottsbluff, their monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month and their annual fundraiser in November to support the hall.