war memoir
A Personal Journey Through Germany's World Wars and Postwar Years
by Dorothea von Schwanenflügel Lawson

"Having heard stories all my life from family and friends about Germany during the war as well as post-war time, Laughter Wasn't Rationed only confirms these tales. This book should be read by Germans and non Germans of all generations."
               ~ Christiane Mandukich, Publisher, Gutenberg II, Inc.

Dorothea von Schwanenflügel Lawson

Dorothea v. S. Lawson was born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, during World War I. Most of her childhood was spent in Münster, Westphalia. After graduating from high school in 1935, the last two years under Nazi regulations and the Hitler salute, her family moved to Berlin.

In Berlin she lived through the turbulence of World War II and its terrible aftermath with her husband and small child. During the postwar years her family survived the starvation through dangerous food-hunting trips out to the country.

She lived in the American sector of Berlin. When the infamous Berlin Wall went up, she immigrated with her family to the United States in 1962.

author's photoDorothea earned a master's degree in German from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. For many years she taught German at the university level in the Washington, DC area, to military personnel, and to senior citizens.

She was a speaker at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and was interviewed by an international documentary cable network.

Her memoir Laughter Wasn't Rationed took more than ten years to write, and has enjoyed a tremendous word of mouth referral and popularity.
It has been used for world history courses at the college level.

A long-time resident of the Washington, DC area (Northern VA), she moved to Medford, Oregon, in 2003 to be near her two daughters. It is there that she passed away in February 2014, one month shy of her 98th birthday.

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