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Memories of A Military Brat
In her book «War Ready. In My Father's Shadow», Darst beautifully conjoins the events encompassing World War II as well as the Cold War with the help of an authentic narrative surrounding the life of a typical American military family. She reveals a new perspective on the United States military, which was seen as an occupying and protecting force for a long time in Germany in particular, and redirects our attention to the “social costs” and strains put onto soldiers’ families, the so-called military dependents.
**About the author**
MARY LOU DARST was born in Houston, Texas in 1943. Following her international childhood and youth, she settled in Galveston, Texas. She majored in English History of Literature and Cultural Studies, worked as an English and Arts teacher, and up to this day, as an artist.
Dr. KARIN POHL, freelance historian, co-curator of the exhibitions Amis in Giesing and Amis in Bogenhausen about the American presence in Munich from 1945 to 1992, as well as the co-editor of the corresponding books.
ORGANIZER: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
Photo: Mary Lou Darst in der Cincinnatistraße in München, 1959 © Mary Lou Darst
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