When I got to the main street I saw that the town was in turmoil. To my surprise I found people breaking into the shops, looting in broad daylight, and to my shame I joined in! Not having any money, I rationalized that this would be a way to get my gift for Mrs. Koestoll. First I found some nice embroidered pillowcases, which I filled with food and dry goods. I can still remember vaulting across a counter to get boots for Mr. Koestoll. I knotted the laces and hung them around my neck. As I continued to pillage the shop, other young women from the village joined in. We had a grand time taking whatever we wanted. I ran around with the boots swinging and hitting my breasts, however in the excitement I ignored them. With both pillowcases filled, until I could hardly carry them, I looked around to take stock of what was happening. It seemed as if the entire town had come downtown for a street party. Everyone was in a frenzy to find food and clothing for their families. These otherwise orderly German people were resorting to a mob mentality and were running amuck.
Photo Caption: Since the German people are not prone to rioting I had to borrow a photo of another incident that closely depicts what happened in Überlingen. The photo shown was not taken in Überlingen!
Captain Hank Bracker, who served with the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps, is the author of the multi-award winning book, “The Exciting Story of Cuba” has now written “Suppressed I Rise.” This book is for anyone interested in a very personal human view, of the history of World War II. A mother’s attempt to protect and raise her two young daughters in hostile NAZI Germany challenges her sensibilities and resourcefulness. Both books will be at the NYC Book Exhibit this summer between May 31st & June 2nd at the Jacob Javits Center, but are presently available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com and many Independent Book Stores.