Helga Hofmeier Edmonds is a Pensacola, FL. octogenarian whose 2013 autobiography offers insights on living through lean times, surviving catastrophe, and being an American.
She sailed to Japan as a ten-year-old, met Gen. MacArthur, survived Doolittle’s Raid and the nine-month U.S. firebombing campaign of Japan’s cities in 1945. She was a beautiful young German girl navigating war-torn WWII Tokyo.
Young Helga signed away two years of her life as maid and nanny for a U.S. Army colonel in exchange for paid passage out of war-torn Japan to California. Later, she married a U.S. military officer and became an American citizen.