Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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Category Archives: Reading

Wer bin ich?

Wer mehr über mich wissen möchte, kann z.B. den Artikel im Solingen Magazin oder das Interview beim Verlag tredition lesen.

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Lesung bei Elke’S Art Salon in Düsseldorf – Foto Martina Hörle

Interview bei tredition

tredition: Was unterscheidet Ihren Roman von anderen? 

Annette Oppenlander: Der zweite Weltkrieg ist ja in der Literatur schon sehr gründlich behandelt worden, vor allem der Holocaust und die Erfahrungen der Soldaten. Meine Geschichte ist aus Sicht der Zivilbevölkerung, vor allem der Kriegskinder geschrieben, und zwar mit viel Plot aber auch mit emotionaler Tiefe. Mehr dazu lesen…

Interview im Solingen Magazin

„Ich hatte von meinen Eltern hin und wieder Kommentare gehört“, erzählt die Autorin. „Aber ein vernünftiges Bild kam dabei nicht zustande. Doch ich wollte die Erlebnisse gerne aufschreiben, um sie später meinen Kindern erzählen zu können.“ Mit einem Kassettenrekorder nahm sie die Erzählungen ihrer Eltern auf. „Sie haben tatsächlich gerne und mit viel Enthusiasmus gesprochen.“ Die Aufnahmen hat sie heute noch. Mehr dazu lesen…

Nächste Lesungen

  • 4. Dezember: Lesung mit Kay Ganahl im Josef Haus, Solingen (für Anwohner)
  • 7. Dezember: Lesung, Destille, Düsseldorf – Thema Wundertüte
  • 11. Dezember: Lesung, Evangelische Altenhilfe, Solingen Wald (für Anwohner)

Weitere Informationen zu Lesungen finden Sie unter Neues und Autorenbegegnungen.

Lesungen anfragen

Ich stehe jederzeit für Lesungen und Vorträge zur Verfügung. Ein paar Ideen finden Sie unter Veranstaltungen oder kontaktieren Sie mich einfach bei hello[at]annetteoppenlander[punkt]com.

A Great Reading and Upcoming Books

woman standing next to treeLast weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the fifth ‘Literary Hike’ in the beautiful Vorwerk Park in Wuppertal. Under cloudy but dry skies eight authors and their roughly twenty guests walked and enjoyed beautiful settings together. At various picturesque sites throughout the park authors presented stories and poems.

Since the German translation of ‘Surviving the Fatherland’ called Vaterland, wo bist du? will be published this month, I read a section from the new book. We also had the pleasure of listening to Michael Völkel’s music and ballads, both entertaining and fun.

A New Novel Set in WWII

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When Hitler decided to mass-evacuate Germany’s children in 1940, he had a lot more than their wellbeing in mind. He had a purpose for those kids, particularly children eleven and older. Sold to parents as ‘vacations to protect from bombs and nourish their minds,’ the real goal was to train boys as future soldiers and girls to become mothers. Many camps were strictly organized and schedules began before seven am and lasted all day, strapping children into tightly regulated timetables. School time was restricted to four hours a day—less later in the war because of lack of teachers—and afternoon activities increased to include war games and competitive sports.

I wrote an exciting novel with two youth protagonists, fourteen-year old Hilda who is in love with her neighbor and best friend, fifteen-year old Peter. Here is a little intro:

When They Made Us Leave tells the heartwarming love story of two teens who are separated when they’re forced to attend separate evacuation camps. Each confronted with terror and cruelty as well as unexpected kindness, they must rise above to survive the war and find each other once more.

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New Cover German version of ‘Surviving the Fatherland’

Both characters have deep wounds and secrets they must work through while dealing with the ever-increasing threats of war and the atrocities they encounter in camp. I’ve also worked in some great historical info I found while researching the dozens of books, magazines and other resources.

VATERLAND, WO BIST DU? Available now in bookstores!

The new German version of SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND is now available in bookstores and online.

I’ve also been working hard preparing the publication of Vaterland, wo bist du? in paperback, hardcover und eBook. Expected publication will be later this month. Because of language, this edition targets the German language market. I’m hoping to do a number of readings and presentations.