John H Berndt


My name is John H Berndt. This is my first attempt at writing a historical novel. The subject matter that I portray in ‘Lois Chronicles of a German Nurse 1945’ is based on real life stories that I heard as a child growing up in East-Germany. These accounts portray the psychological impact of how a woman feels as she is facing the unknown of a malevolent conquering army. I wanted to capture their anguish and suffering before it is lost and forgotten.
Until she died, for the first three years of my life I lived with my great aunt in Soviet occupied Saxony. After her death my great uncle placed me into the first youth organization orphanage called Mitschurin (named after a Stalinist Botanist). The orphanage was run like an Israeli Kibbutz and it taught me fairness and equality in dealing with people. In 1954 the East-German government placed me with my grandparents in Thüringen. In 1959 I escaped to the west and during the sixties I attended the University of Wisconsin receiving an advanced degree in the Social Sciences. I functioned as the Supervisor of Adult Protective Services for thirteen years, working with a local Police department for twelve. Through my work I gained more insight into women’s psyche, particularly when facing unusual stress. Although I am relatively new to fiction writing, I have had considerable experience scripting grants and proposals. Being a member of the local authors group, as well as taking classes in creative writing has helped me greatly in penning this book.
My wife and I enjoy Florida in the winter and traveling throughout Europe in the summer.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Ephron, Ernest Hemingway, Ursula LeGuin, Lewis Carroll, Anne Tyler, Tennessee Williams, Charlotte Bronte, John Steinbeck
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sitting up and placing my two feet firmly on the floor. With my eyes wide open squinting at the morning sun and thanking God that I am still alive. Most important of all I am enamored as to what each new day has in store for me.
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Where to find John H Berndt online


Lois Chronicles of a German Nurse 1945
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 146,540. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
This true mesmerizing novel is a masterful accounting of events unfolding against the landscape of the closing months of WW ll and its immediate aftermath. It captures a young women’s story of love, horror, compassion in a time of mayhem. A supreme test of women survival as chaos reigns supreme in Eastern Germany.

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