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JenniferEgnor

JenniferEgnor

Joined June 2016

Book nerd, dog mom, wyfe, proud patient & volunteer 4 Planned Parenthood, atheist, activist for repro rights and lgbtq+! Ally, Anti-Fascist, she/her
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The Ugly Cry: A Memoir | Danielle Henderson
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A friend lent me this book and I absolutely loved it. I chose this photo of the author because it kind of sums up the relationship that this story is about. This book was heart breaking at times but also hilarious. Dani‘s grandmother was a scary but strong, loving woman who would do anything for her grandkids. The word ‘fuck‘ seems to have been one of her favorite words. This story is about the crazy but loving relationship Dani had with her.

JenniferEgnor One of my favorite parts was the part about Spiderweb City. 6d
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Can you all wish me some good luck today? I have an interview this morning for a librarian position! This position doesn‘t require a degree and I have zero experience in the field. I‘ve been at my other job 16 years and it‘s time for a change. I can‘t think of a better way to be of service to the community, then to be a librarian. And also, we really need to stand up for libraries right now, more than ever.

hannah-leeloo Best of luck and wishes my friend. Would be a lovely position for you. 2w
jlhammar Good luck! 2w
TheLudicReader Hope it went well. 2w
DaveGreen7777 Sending positive energy your way! Hope you get the job! 2w
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FIGHT BACK!!!
May 3, 2022
SCOTUS

Darklunarose I can‘t believe this is happening in the USA. This will kill women. 2w
JenniferEgnor @Darklunarose I can. We‘ve been sounding the alarm for years. This has all been carefully planned by the religious right. We are headed straight into a totalitarian nightmare…Roe is only the beginning. 2w
Darklunarose @JenniferEgnor you are right about roe being on,y the beginning. The us is going backwards fast. 2w
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JenniferEgnor @Darklunarose it amazes me that there are still peoplx who say fascism isn‘t happening here right now. 2w
Darklunarose @JenniferEgnor I know. It‘s happening everywhere. We have a Neo Nazi group active near my area, they post disgusting racist and white power crap everywhere. In the state over they throw h@$*er a birthday party😡 it‘s happening. It‘s a huge bloody worry 2w
JenniferEgnor @Darklunarose it‘s scary, there are groups like this popping up all over the place. Report activity and new ones to SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) https://www.splcenter.org/issues/hate-and-extremism and ADF (Anti-Defamation League) https://www.adl.org/?Multi_page_sect= 2w
JenniferEgnor @Darklunarose we have had proud boys show up at our clinic and they were welcomed by city officials on the streets of Charleston. Some peoplx don‘t like the F word, but we are calling it out for what it is: fascism. 2w
Darklunarose @JenniferEgnor it is fascism. It needs to be called what it is. It‘s rising the world over:( 2w
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I remember when the author first put out her tweet for this book, asking for clinic escorts and defenders who had experience with it back in the really scary days, the 80s-90s. I immediately reached out to my friend and veteran escort (left), because I knew she had seen a lot. I‘ve read so much about those days, and it never gets any less scary. We may have FACE Act now, but it isn‘t really enforced. This book tells the story that isn‘t often

JenniferEgnor told: the story of escorts and defenders. While there aren‘t nearly enough books on abortion care, they are growing in numbers. Fewer still, however, are books about escorts. The work we do is so incredibly hard, but time and time again, I have seen that all of the emotional labor that we put into it is always worth it. If we can provide someone with empathy, compassion, dignity and respect— that is all that matters. (edited) 1mo
JenniferEgnor Each week, I am asked, how are they allowed to do this? I read about this, I saw it on TickTock, but I didn‘t know it was actually real. Why are they out here? I tell them, it‘s definitely real. I stand up to these bullies, and I do it with a smile. 1mo
JenniferEgnor I urge you to read this book, get involved with a clinic near you. Volunteer, donate to local funds, talk about abortion, center the persons who need it, and fight back. 1mo
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Abortion is, at its core, about life, just not in the way that abortion upon its claim. Everything that surrounds getting an abortion—from the decision to the cost to travel and getting in the door—is about someone‘s life, The course of that life, the value of that life. The life of the pregnant person is the point. The course of their life is the point. The realities and complexities and hardships and accomplishments: they matter. Their actual

JenniferEgnor embodied life transcends any philosophical debate in that moment, because I can see with my own eyes and feel with my own heart the weight of that life, the importance of that person‘s ability to determine what happens to their own life. That is the power of volunteering as a clinic escort at its most fundamental. 1mo
JenniferEgnor It reclaims that space and centers the person having the abortion, rather than the people standing in their way. When we replace the face of abortion with a human being, rather than theoretical or political argument, it becomes clear what to do: support people‘s lives. 1mo
JenniferEgnor Shown: we rallied at the SC Statehouse in Columbia on February 27th, 2022 to fight back against anti-abortion bills. Providers, ACLU, WREN, Planned Parenthood, Palmetto State Abortion Fund, NOW, and so many others. 1mo
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The patients we serve stay with all of us, because that‘s the spirit of what we do. In those 60 or so seconds before they get inside the door, clinic escorts are possibly the only source of human connection and visible support that some of these patients and their companions experience. For that moment in time, the human connection supersedes everything. It‘s about a fundamental human need to be seen and valued, particularly in the face of

JenniferEgnor cruelty. It‘s about human dignity. It‘s about humanity. 1mo
JenniferEgnor Shown: some of my best girls! 1mo
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Every time I feel burned out or think about giving up on this fight, I remember that putting my body on the line for another person, as painful and difficult as it was on the worst days, has always been worth it. Every patient we get in the door is a woman‘s life, a person‘s life, that is going to unfold the way that person wants it to, no matter what choice they end up making.

Shown: one of the first bad days for me when I started doing this…

JenniferEgnor One of the protestors talked about legalizing rape that day. Since then, I have seen and heard SO much. I‘ve felt even more. But every time a patient tells me thank you, hugs me and cries? It‘s all worth it. 1mo
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Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. And if you think you don‘t, they just haven‘t shared their story with you yet.

Let‘s talk about it! Story-telling is the most powerful way to end stigma! Have you ever heard ‘my abortion saved my life‘? I‘m one of those peoplx 🌻

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Abortion is about more than just bodies on the line— it‘s someone‘s future, their dreams, their lives.

Shown: me telling my story at the SC Statehouse in Columbia, February 17th, 2022–to fight back against anti-abortion bills.

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The central theme of all these activities, from volunteering as a clinic escort to funding abortions to booking travel for abortion patients, is community. The work of community building around abortion care, of the destigmatizing and humanizing people who have abortions, can‘t be the sole responsibility of embattled clinics and providers. Telling stories, driving patients, paying for gas money, walking someone from their car to the clinic—these

JenniferEgnor may same small, but they are profoundly meaningful to someone who needs them. Shown: community organizers! 1mo
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This happens everywhere. This is not some random, a couple of crazy people at one clinic. This shit happens everywhere in every state and it will continue to happen until people decide that they‘re going to reclaim their communities.

Shown: Matt Brock and his bullies on a ladder to see and scream at pats over a 6 foot privacy fence at Greenville Women‘s Clinic in SC. UNFUCKING ACCEPTABLE!!!

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Because when I put it on, I thought, *This is my armor*. It‘s only made of polyester, and it‘s not bulletproof, but it‘s hate-proof and its judgment-proof.

This is what being a clinic escort is all about. Being the face of love in the face of hate. Shown: endurance at my local clinic

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You don‘t need a big group of protesters to do damage. We could be out there and have one aggressive protester who just says the most vile shit to someone and that will make them cry…that‘s the thing—one of them out there is too many.

It‘s WEIRD & CREEPY to stand around at someone‘s doctor appointment. Shown: Christians and Proud Boys outside my local clinic

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… more than sixteen years after Roe v. Wade was decided, a clinic in a liberal city like Ann Arbor had to covertly smuggle patients in through a side window, just to have a legal health-care procedure. And that was considered a victory, no less.

•It is truly astounding, the level of nightmare that pregnant peoplx endure just trying to access their medical appointments. Why is this allowed? This isn‘t ‘1st amendment‘, nor is it ‘support‘.

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Our first line of defense for protection of reproductive rights is self-defense. We cannot rely on the courts, police, or legislatures to protect our fundamental rights to control our bodies and reproductive options.

Shown: one of my escorts and a team of clinic defenders.

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Unkindness is a serial killer.

—Tarana Burke

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First, I want to say how stunning the book cover is. It shows Tarana as what she really is: a queen! Her story is powerful, uplifting, and it made me emotional. I too, am a survivor of sexual assault. I stand in solidarity with every survivor and I can‘t imagine the pain Tarana suffered—especially when white feminism hijacked her work. ‘#metoo‘ did not begin when Hollywood actresses came out against Harvey Weinstein. It began with one Black

JenniferEgnor womxn found her courage and started doing the work for awareness and healing in her own community. Highly recommended! 1mo
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This is the first book I‘ve read centered on AAPI experiences. How often do we really have this conversation? Not enough. The author shares her experiences with racism in America and how it intersected with her education, her dreams, and more. She also talks about assimilation, and the pressure to be good enough, the right kind of AAPI. Highly recommended.

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So glad I found this book! The first part discusses the matriarchal societies that existed 25,000 years before the patriarchy of abrahamic religions; the second, how to take back our power through consciousness, rituals and community; the third, and biggest: politics. It is past time for womxn to be at the front. They (patriarchy) only have as much power over us as we let them. Think about what we need to do…to be, and stay—FREE.

JenniferEgnor Shown: myself (left) and another fellow pink vest clinic escort volunteer/intern at the SC Statehouse, for a day of action against anti-abortion bills, anti-trans and anti-queer bills, and more. February 2022 (edited) 2mo
Amiable Fellow clinic escort/volunteer here -- love this photo! 2mo
JenniferEgnor @Amiable I want to thank you for the work that you do! Where are you located? 2mo
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JenniferEgnor @Come-read-with-me I think you‘d like this book. 2mo
Amiable @JenniferEgnor Three cheers to you as well! I volunteer in Providence, Rhode Island. 2mo
JenniferEgnor @Amiable I hope your state cares about its peoplx more than mine does. It‘s looking pretty grim here for bodily autonomy. 2mo
Amiable @JenniferEgnor I actually live in CT, which codified expanded access years ago. Abortion rights will remain here no matter what happens at the federal level. RI just passed legislation in 2019 to protect abortion rights. But I drive an hour to volunteer in RI because the clinic there was/is in greater need of volunteers. The politics in Providence are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church and the protestors are more vitriolic there. 😖 2mo
Amiable To be brutally frank, what‘s going on in states like yours are the reason why I will never live further south than Maryland/Delaware-ish. My heart hurts for you guys. Keep up the good fight! 💪🏼I‘d love to chat more about how all of it is going to shake out nationally if you‘re game —email me at AmyBF45 at gmail.com (edited) 2mo
JenniferEgnor @Amiable I have a friend who used to escort with me that moved to CO last year. She wanted to live where it‘s safe to make choices. They are about to pass their own WHPA there, Vermont is writing it into their state constitution. Us in the south…we are fucked and there is virtually no democracy at all. Emailing you tonight! If you look through my previous posts, you‘ll see some photos of our protestors. And more great books for choice💕🌻 (edited) 2mo
JenniferEgnor @Amiable I tried emailing you, it just came back to me. 1mo
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I really enjoyed this book. Some parts were funny (coping mechanism), and most parts were terrible. This book is about the continuing lifelong trauma from the Children of God cult the author grew up in. It certainly wasn‘t easy being queer in that environment. She also talks about her later life experiences in the military, crappy jobs, bad relationships, and more.

Shown: David Berg, children of god cult leader

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So excited for this book mail today! These stories are ours to tell. Right now we are seeing relentless attacks on bodily autonomy like never before. Peoplx with uteruses, our Trans friends and family. We will keep going, no matter what. If not us, who? If not now, when?
Fight back!

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A friend lent this to me and I‘m so glad he did. Until now I haven‘t heard of ‘leftover women‘. This book is about how womxn are treated in China by the government, their friends, families. They are pressured to marry early or just instead of pursuing an education, a career, doing whatever they want. They aren‘t allowed to have homes in their names, yet they are expected to finance all of it while having the home in their husband‘s name. ⬇️

JenniferEgnor Marital rape is also legal, domestic violence goes unchecked, and queer relationships are frowned upon. Beautiful, intelligent, hard working womxn are told (being all of this) isn‘t good enough—-forget everything, and get married, but be sure to finance everything and put it all in your husband‘s name. 2mo
JenniferEgnor Parents and other family members are known to financially help out their sons and other male friends/families, but not to help their daughters. Divorce is also rare—not often granted legally. 2mo
JenniferEgnor Many Chinese womxn will say this is all just a Chinese Tradition. It is not. This is 100% deep rooted misogyny; it wasn‘t always so. In the Ming Dynasty (960-1279), they had many more rights. What happened? Patriarchy took control. Today, feminists in China are fighting back. 2mo
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JenniferEgnor Shown: cartoon graphic propaganda that Chinese womxn are frequently shown. This one was one of many, mentioned in the book. 2mo
Suet624 I remember at a pretty young age being glad I wasn‘t born as a woman in China. 2mo
kaysworld1 This book makes me angry I have to read it In short part's. 2mo
JenniferEgnor @kaysworld1 I am appalled that this level of misogyny still exists in this day and age. It is so infuriating. 2mo
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…Patriarchy creates a culture that is destructive and death-oriented.

Just look around at all the laws they are creating right now. Laws that are literally designed to get peoplx killed. Too many politicians for one photo. Dominoes begin to fall. #fascism

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Religion in the common understanding of the Judeo-Christian-Muslim monopoly emphasizes sin, guilt, authoritarianism, fear, and promises of future well-being rather than self-knowledge, love of self and other, and integration of inner power with outer power. In addition, these religions as institutionalized exclude women, the Earth, and the body, and separate the emotions from the spirit, thus denying any chance of wholeness. —Hallie Iglehart

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Estrangement is the combination of a long, historical process. Its roots lie in the Bronze Age shift from matrifocal, Earth-centered cultures, whose religions censored around the Goddess and the gods embodied in nature, to patriarchal, urban cultures of conquest, whose gods inspired and supported war. Yahweh of the Old Testament is a prime example.

—Starhawk

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Awareness means participating in your own evolution.

—Nancy F.W. Passmore

🔥 🔥 🔥
Know your power ladies! Change comes when we know what we can do and we fight back. We can live in and become the most beautiful things we can imagine.

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The Goddess does not rule the world; She *is* the world.

—Starhawk

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In England, the artist Monica Sjoo was nearly brought to trial in 1970 and again in 1973 for exhibiting a painting titled God Giving Birth (1968), featuring a large female figure in the process of giving birth while the planets revolve nearby. This the British authorities found deserving of a blasphemy and obscenity charge!

See the full painting and read more details here: http://www.artcornwall.org/features/Monica_Sjoo_God_Giving_Birth.htm

JenniferEgnor Patriarchal governments and religions regard the current Goddess revival with deep-seated fear. Nothing threatens their power structure so resoundingly as the ancient consciousness that they believed had been crushed. In panicked tones, they declare that we are the demonic antichrist or that we are “unnatural” or “indecent.” 3mo
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The objective of patriarchy was and is to prevent women from achieving, or even supposing, our potential: that we are powerful in both mind and body and that the totality of those powers is a potent force. All of the myriad varieties of patriarchal oppression—co-opting and replacing the Goddess, imposing patrilineal descent and ownership of woman‘s womb, restricting and mutilating woman‘s body, denying woman education and legal rights, forbidding

JenniferEgnor her control of her body, and portraying that body as a pornographic toy—all of these acts are motivated by one desperate drive: to prevent woman from experiencing her power. 3mo
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A small group of Jewish women survived the Holocaust because they were coerced into sewing clothing for the SS at Auschwitz. One of those survivors, Bracha Kohut, shared her story with the author. These women couldn‘t have imagined that sewing would one day save their lives. An incredible story of survival; highly recommended.

Shown: the author with Bracha.

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This is a great timeline of feminist ideas and actions, all laid out and broken down into detail. There were some things I didn‘t see here, such as menstrual equity. But it was a pretty good book.

Shown: me and my friend Lynn, at an abortion rights march in Charleston, SC, 2021. Lynn established the first ever Pride in Charleston, and its first Womxn‘s Social Club. A queer activist that I am so proud to know!

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The Underground Railroad | William Still
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William Still collected the stories of people that had been enslaved, after their freedom. This book has 40 narratives. Heart breaking, and necessary reading for recognition with and healing from the American past. It won‘t be long before they try to ban this too. Critical race theory=American History. Thank you Mr. Still. Highly recommended.

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This book was phenomenal. It was painful, it was written beautifully; told in a way that only a Black Womxn can tell it. When I first picked it up, I was unaware it was the story of BLM. As a white cis womxn, I‘ll never know what it‘s like to experience the things she and so many others have lived. But I can imagine, I can listen, I can love; can help dismantle these harmful institutions and work for a more just, loving world for all peoplx.

Chrissyreadit 🙌♥️🙌 4mo
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A feminist in her time, Mary was far ahead yet no doubt trying to voice the same things that so many other womxn had, before her (which we are STILL shouting today). Her words would make for powerful signs at a march; no doubt she marches with us in spirit today.

Shown: a statue of her that sparked ‘controversy‘ placed by feminists in London, in November 2020.

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The Subjection of Women | John Stuart Mill
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I have to say that this man and his words here, were pretty advanced in equality for the time (1856). I would‘ve liked to have seen more explored but this was worth the read. We needed more mxn like him then, and we need them now. Not to speak for us, but to speak alongside with us. Because, feminism is for everyone. Onward!
👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈

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We need systems of COMPASSION
…not systems of oppression 🌻

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Hey feminist friends, are you looking for some Intersectional reads in the new year? Here are some recommendations from Ms. Magazine!

https://msmagazine.com/2021/12/20/best-feminist-books-2021/?omhide=true&utm_medi...

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Happy New Year book worms! I‘m excited to read more books this year. My father in law likes books too—he‘s a big fan of David Webber, John Ringo. He re-reads the books he has again and again. Here you see him reading by the grill, and us reading together in a past xmas. I bought him and my mother in law Karen Maitland‘s Company of Liars, which you can see with him on the couch. We‘re medieval nerds too.

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The Cost of Knowing | Brittney Morris
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I loved this book so much. It was sad, honest, and uplifting all at the same time. The story centers around two young Black brothers who have experienced tragedies in the past. Since that time, they both have been living with a gift yet at times a curse—unbeknownst to each other. This story is about being who you are, even when it scares you—and the reality of what it means to be Black in America. Some key take aways for me:

JenniferEgnor •It‘s okay to not be okay. •It‘s okay to be afraid of your gifts, and to not know what to do with them. (I can say as a Medium, it‘s not always easy to see what you see. It can be a struggle!) •Your Ancestors are always standing by you with love. •It‘s okay to say no, and to do it without apologies. •Make sure your loved ones know how you feel—you never know if it could be the last time. •Accidental racism STILL gets peoplx killed; stop it! 5mo
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You can blame my entire trip to Books A Million today on The Simpsons! I got an email from BAM and saw this book when I decided to look at the cookbooks they marked down. My husband and I are big fans, and so I got this for him. I have a lot of quitter strips, but hey what‘s two more? If anyone has made these recipes, I‘d love to know how they turned out, and if any *real life episode shit* happened during or after 🤣

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I was really happy to get these from the bargain shelves today at Books A Million. Every time I look for a copy of The Communist Manifesto at Mr. K‘s, it‘s sold out.

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Books A Million is having a big bargain sale. I found some wonderful feminist titles today! The bottom two have been on my list for a bit now, and they were marked at $3, so I couldn‘t resist. The top book is also intersectional or else I wouldn‘t have got it.

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Heroes' Feast (Dungeons and Dragons): The Official D&d Cookbook | Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson
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Gifted to us by my mother in law for xmas! There are some great recipes in here. When we have a campaign it‘s usually everyone bringing something we all agree on, but she got this for us to make it more exciting.

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This is a memorable, moving account from a Viennese Jew who ended up in Hitler‘s ranks, on the Russian Front. He was open about being Jewish, and somehow allowed to live, and be used in the German war machine. There are unforgettable accounts in this book, (and one wonders what else did he not write)? He immigrated to America, later to Mexico, and continued to paint and finally write down his story of survival. Recommended!

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Looking through the window of the station restaurant, I could see people sitting at tables with white table cloths, dining with forks and knives. After a few minutes, a waitress in a white apron came out and asked whether I was hungry. She let me inside and maneuvered me to a table decorated with a bouquet of purple asters. Then she brought the food for which I obviously wasn‘t able to pay. There must still be good and generous people alive,

JenniferEgnor I thoight, people who aren‘t concerned only with their personal well-being. It was incredible to think that anyone would politely bid a filthy, lousy, ragged, obviously ill creature to a decent table and serve him a three course meal, including a glass of beer, without any hope of payment.And that the waitress, a girl about my age in a typical Austrian dirndl, would even sit down and join me for a few minutes—it was all too much for my tear ducts. (edited) 5mo
Suet624 Oh gosh. Your quotes from the book have been bringing tears to my eyes. Thank you sharing this book with us. 5mo
JenniferEgnor @Suet624 you are so welcome. Their stories live on through us when we share them with each other🕯 5mo
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The night wasn‘t very dark; there must‘ve been a fairly full moon behind the clouds. We moved like phantoms, bending and gathering the potatoes into our sacks. Suddenly we heard the short blast of a whistle, and the train jolted. The two who were up top had quite a time of it, falling rather than climbing to make it down and off the car before the train picked up too much speed.

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Once again I‘ve reached a low point in my life, a low that I wouldn‘t have believed possible. What a wretched thing it is when human beings go off to fight and kill their fellow men. Soldiers are sitting around me on the rain-softened ground, bent double from pain, sobbing. Young men are withering and fading away like cut flowers.

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My strength is exhausted. My nerves and senses are also losing their clarity. I wandered alone, against my will, through a country I didn‘t know, whose language I didn‘t speak, whose enemy I didn‘t want to be. They shot at me, and I shot at everyone who stood in my way. I fed myself on stolen food. I ran past the wounded who cried out to me without helping them. I ceased being a human. I can‘t help myself anymore. And I‘m so terribly tired.

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The afternoon sun had tinted the heavens red when the tanks appeared on the bank behind us and began firing. We threw ourselves back into the water and swam toward the reeds that divided the river in half. Many died before they reached the water; many drowned. The remainder of us made it to the reeds, where we stood in the muck with the water up to our chests. The shots whipped through the thin blades and splashed off the surface of the water.

JenniferEgnor Darkness fell. I stood there all night, with nothing to lean against and water up to my shoulders, surrounded by the spindly stalks of the reeds. Again and again I began to fall asleep, waking up with a start when my head hit the water. My skin became sodden, and I pulled my boots from my swollen feet. I began to feel sorry for myself and tears came into my eyes. 5mo
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On my last day of wandering through Braila, I stopped in front of a bookstore display and discovered, attached to the inside of the window, a map that aroused my interest. It was one of those beautiful maps published by Freytag & Berndt, and it showed all the countries of southeastern Europe. The mountains were brown, the plains shades of green, lightning in tone as the altitude dropped. The roads, railway lines, rivers, all were drawn in. I was

JenniferEgnor able to pick out the cities I had neared during the retreat and the place where my battalion was probably still holed up. With my finger I traced a route south from Romania, through Bulgaria, to Greece, all countries occupied by the Germans. Along the very bottom edge snaked the Bosphorus, the channel dividing neutral Turkey from the European continent. If I could only make it to there, I thought, instinctively looking over my shoulder to see 5mo
JenniferEgnor if anyone was observing my traitorous thoughts. Actually, there were masses of people in the streets, but of course no one was paying any attention to me. I sought the map‘s scale and gauged the distance from Braila to Greece at nine hundred kilometers. My fantasy was obviously impossible. I would have to cover most of the route by night, steal my food from the fields, and, above all, not get caught. If captured, I would be shot immediately as a 5mo
JenniferEgnor deserter. Definitely too risky, I decided, but during a brief pause, when there were no other clients, I entered the store and bought the map. It felt bulky in my pocket. Just owning a map of the sort seemed to point me out as a traitor. After all, why should a simple soldier, interested only in a German victory over Europe and the rest of the world, have a need of such a map? Later I hid it in the bottom of the cloth shoulder bag where I 5mo
JenniferEgnor always carried my personal possessions. 5mo
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