My German Lineage on my Father’s side is traced back to Hanover, Germany. I have always been very proud of my German heritage up until I truly comprehended the factual and horrific events that took place in Germany during World War II! I am a huge History enthusiast. World War II is one of the most interesting times in History. Don’t get me wrong, it was so brutal and horrendous how the Nazi Party tortured and brutalized the Jews, Gypsies, Polish, and their own mentally and physically challenged German people. It’s beyond belief how any human being could treat another person worse than a worm or bug! How Hitler, one mentally screwed up man, was able to persuade and manipulate the Nazi Party and the Germany people to do what they did to other human beings was and is unimaginable! After the war brought America into the world theater this only ignited the whole situation, but it was essential in order for Hitler and his party to be packed down and destroyed and put an end to World War II!
However, as I became even more educated about World War II History, after watching hundreds of documentaries and movies of this war, today I am not so ashamed of my Germany heritage. In my opinion Hitler was a very brilliant, crazy, narcissist, and sociopath person with extremely paranoia tendencies. All these characteristics make for a very bloodcurdling Dictator.
Now I feel better about my German heritage, so I will share a very brief history with you. In Hanover, Germany, my Great Grandfather, Gerhardt Rietmann was born in 1845 and died in 1920. He traveled to America sometime in the 1880’s with his four children and Brother Henry Christopher Rietmann. He was married to Melissa Niewochner in Germany.
After coming to the United States, Gerhardt Rietmann settled in Minnesota and remarried Maria Elnora, and they had 5 children. One of those children was Henry Rietmann born in 1889. Henry was my grandfather, and he married my grandmother, Helen Beecher in 1902. They had two children: Daren and Duane. My Father, Duane married my Mother Helen Nyberg. They had four children: Rodney Duane; Myself-Sandra Dee; Randall Duane; and Deane Douglas.
My extreme interest in World War II is partially due to my Germany heritage, but I also love history. It makes me feel tremendously good when I see a World War II movie where the concentration camps are liberated, the many good Germany people are free, and Hitler and his Nazi party are destroyed! This make me feel good about the end of World War II and being Germany…