D-Day Conneaut, Ohio - August 19 - 20, 2016 - Author Meet & Greet
July 23, 2016

Public Event - Author Meet and Greet


Friday - August 19, 2016 - Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Power Point Presentation 


Conneaut Public Library
304 Buffalo Street.
Conneaut, Ohio 44030
My display will be set up at the Library for the entire day.

Saturday - August 20, 2016 - Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Book Talk


Conneaut Township Park - Next to PX Tent on the main street
480 Lake Rd.
Conneaut, OH 44030
Entire display will be set up here all day on Saturday

The above date and time is when I will be giving my presentation.

Otherwise, I will be at these locations the entire day. 
Autograph paperback copies of "Through Innocent Eyes" will be available for $25.00. This will include a commemorative stamp and bookmarker.   
About "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth" 

Hidden for more than 50 years, a daughter's heritage is revealed when she finds her mother's personal journal from the time she was in the Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls).

About Country Service Year Camp (Landjahr Lager)

Through the power of camaraderie, the BDM girls in the Country Service Year Camp (Landjahr Lager) program were taught how to build their character in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

The educational curriculum was designed by the Reich’s Ministry of Science, Education and Culture. The focus was to build the girl’s individual potential to become a productive member in society.

Their education went beyond the traditional home economics, sports activities, and child rearing as we have all come to believe. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, these girls developed their interpersonal mental, physical, and spiritual skills. Their challenging assignments included thought provocative discussions, problem-solving activities, and team-building exercises, which ended in their daily prayer.

They contributed to local society by working with the farmers, holding theatrical plays, giving musical performances and organizing festivals for the townspeople.

By the time these girls graduated, they could move onto their chosen vocation from becoming a health service girl to working in agriculture, hospitality, retail, in the office, or assist mothers in home management and childcare. Each girl had an exact understanding of her individual responsibilities and duties to her community. It was a great honor to be chosen for Landjahr Lager.

It will be my honor to personally meet you. This is part of the D-Day Conneaut, Ohio WWII re-enactment and the Conneaut Public Library graciously invited me to give two presentations. I am very honored to be a part of the community.

Watch the book trailer here:

Watch Gertrude's Life Story here:

Bund Deutscher Mädel - A Historical Reserach Page and Online Archive - http://www.bdmhistory.com/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/BDMHistorian/

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See ya then!






GO FUND ME - German Women of WWII Remembered

Hi! My name is Cynthia Sandor and I am a young 55 year old who lives in Florida. I am collecting, preserving, and sharing the testimonies of women who were in the League of German Girls (BDM – Bund Deutscher Mädel) during WWII. 

My interest in the BDM started when I found my mother’s personal journal four months before she passed away from bone cancer.  When I showed her the journal, she proudly told me that she was in the League of German Girls (BDM) specifically, in the Country Service Year Program called “Landjahr Lager.”  She told me that this was an 8-month long elite rural educational program, which was located in Seidorf, Niederschlesien, Germany. Today it is in Sosnówka, Poland.
In the early 80’s, I started traveling to Austria with my parents.  All during this time, my mother would share with me her stories about her hometown, Kleinzell Austria, how she met my father, PFC Robert Sandor, in Linz after WWII, and how she traveled onboard the SS United States to make America her home.
After my mother’s passing, I found there was little information available regarding the League of German girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel – BDM). My Nov. 2011, trip to Austria and Poland were very special. I had the unique opportunity to meet the current owners of the manor home where my mother lived during her 8-month time in Country Service Year Camp – Seidorf, in 1941.
There, I spent an entire week traveling around the countryside and visiting the many places my mother wrote about in her journal. The journal is written in a style called “Sütterlin” while the poems are written in “Fraktur.” This style of cursive writing was taught in all German and Austrian schools from 1935 until 1941. My mother’s journal contains chapter headings, stories, poems, songs, and pictures.
During my many trips to Austria from 1989 – 2011, I’ve had the opportunity to interview women who are now elderly and are still in fear of speaking about this time to their family.  I had the upmost pleasure of communicating with the last four remaining survivors of Country Service Year Camp – Seidorf. Unfortunately, one member, Nelly, passed away last month. Steffi, Maria, and Ellie are still alive and living in Austria, Germany, and Poland.  

Many German and Austrian women are passing away without having the possibility to share their experience during their time they were in the BDM. Henceforth, I have decided to start a new project named “German Women of WWII Remembered” with the goal of recording, preserving, videotaping, and sharing their stories.  Before it's too late, I wish to film the last three remaining survivors of Country Service Camp – Seidorf, Maria, Ellie, and Steffi.

In October, I will be flying to Berlin to meet with the last three remaining survivors of Country Service Year Camp, Steffi Puck, Elli Musial, and Maria Mikolasz.  I will be shooting on a Canon GL2 camera and edit the footage using Adobe Premiere 6.5. This footage will then be sent to John P. Tomasek, Producer of an original dramatic Television series currently in development, entitled “Verräter.”
In a few years, it will no longer be possible to document what these women learned. Today, they are now in their late ‘80’s and early 90’s, or sadly, have passed on, just as my mother and Nelly.
The NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne, Germany has a copy of my mother’s original journal and soon, they will be honoring it in its original entirety on their website.


I am in discussions with Mr. Tomasek to produce a documentary film about the women who participated in Country Service Year Camp as based upon the footage I will be filming in October.
For your $50 (in the United States and its territories) donation, you will receive an autograph copy of “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth,” together with a special commemorative stamp and a bookmarker.

For your $75 (outside the United States) donation, you will receive an autograph copy of “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth,” together with a special commemorative stamp and a bookmarker.
Otherwise, any denomination would be greatly appreciated through the secured Pay Pal.
Please feel free to “like” my Facebook author page:  Cynthia A. Sandor – Author

Website:  BDM History
Watch the life story video about Gertrude Kerschner
Author's Interview with Deanna Spingola

To purchase a copy of "Through Innocent Eyes."

Thank you very much for your time.  I remain,

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Book Signing Event - Sun 'n Fun - Lakeland, Florida
April 06, 2016

April 7 - 10, 2016 - Lakeland Regional Airport, Lakeland, Florida

Looking forward to an exciting time at this year's Sun 'n Fun 2016 in Lakeland, Florida! I will be located in the "Ladies of the '40's" tent and that is where I will be autographing "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth."

For more information about the show:

Lakeland Regional Airport
4175 Medulla Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811
Phone: 863-644-2431
Website: http://www.sun-n-fun.org/contact-2/


Children & Youth in History
May 01, 2010

Posted by BDMHistorian

I was recently lucky enough to come across the Children and Youth in History website, created by George Mason University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which is a very well done and easy-to-navigate page that links available primary sources and specific case studies. The site also offers teaching modules that can be used in the classroom and reviews of websites that cover related subjects.

The site's categories are sorted by continent, making it very easy to find exactly what you're looking for in your research. Imagine my surprise, however, when I opened the European section of the website reviews and found our BDM site at the very top, reviewed by Susan Douglass of George Mason University. (I sincerely hope I am linking the correct Susan Douglass - if I am not, please correct me so that I can properly include her bio.)

You can see the review here.


CBC Documentaries
April 09, 2010

Posted by BDMHistorian

In April 2010, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is airing a six part documentary series about the role propaganda played during World War II, featuring newsreels, posters, speeches, rallies, songs, and radio. The documentary series promises to be a series on "the art of mass persuasion" aimed at today's "media-savvy generation."

Learn more about the documentary here.

I am glad I found this because it looks to be quite interesting and well done, especially as it looks at both Axis and Allied propaganda from the Second World War. The way I found this, incidentally, was because the "further reading" list for Episode 2: 1939/1940 Selling War happens to link our BDM History website as one of the recommended pages for additional reading.