“Hankering For The Way It Was is about me trying to grow up on a large farm during the 1940s and 1950s. It is about the dangers, the losses, and some of the fun, too. I loved my dogs, my 1949 Red Ryder BB gun, my genuine four-strand lariat, Saturday’s double-feature movies, and the joy of trying to keep my hardworking dad awake in church. ” — Roger G. Ritchey
Germany was defeated and World War II officially ended on May 5, 1945. The people of Czechoslovakia took the opportunity to end the Germanism in their country and an uprising of Czechs against all people of German descent began. Arrests of thousands of German citizens took place. Many were tortured and killed on the spot…Three and a half million Germans were removed from Czechoslovakia that year. The family of teen-aged Elga Marianne Fuchs was among them.