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Document Details


Title: Helga Christa Hover
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Collection: Personal Oral History
Description: At the outbreak of World War II, Christa lived in the heart of the German city Kassel. Though only a teenage girl at the time, the reality of consistent air raids, drilling and bombings demanded courage, maturity and independence of her. As a trained dancer and actress, she found escape in theatre and the arts, as both a worthy mental distraction and literal flight from danger. Her grandmother’s farmland home provided family members with a safe haven away from the urban bombing target areas. But in this isolated rural setting, Christa and her family were still fighting a war of survival. At the end of the War, she met an American officer to whom Christa is still married. Although opposing the wishes of her father, Christa immigrated to America in 1948. Christa now lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a recognized asset to the community.
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/Caroline.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Hover, Helga Christa
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker place of birth: Germany; Europe
Speaker race: White
Document date: 18-Mar-1999
Interviewer: Oh, Caroline
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Michigan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Biography; Interviews; Local history; Michigan; Michigan--History; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--History; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, German
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029272-32396