German war bride Renate Meiners traces her youth in Germany during Adolph Hitler’s rise to power and through the horrors of World War II to building a new life in the U.S. after marrying a handsome Texas soldier.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, Elaine, for so skillfully telling my story in Same Moon, Same Stars. You have seen into my heart. I could not be more pleased!"
–Renate Meiners, Nechanitz, Texas
"What a fantastic piece of work! I could not put the book down. It put a lump in my throat, a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. Thank you."
–Roger Oeser, Giddings, Texas
"When we think of war, destruction and death come first to mind, but war has another side that is often lost. War reshuffles lives in ways that can never happen during peace, and this redirection is sometimes elegant and touching and offers a small counterpart to the vast backdrop of mayhem that gave rise to it. This is the essence of Same Moon, Same Stars, the story of the German wartime bride Renate Macherauch Meiners. Her life story is a testimonial for the human spirit at its best and well worth the read."
–James C. Kearney, author of Nassau Plantation; The Evolution of a Texas German Slave Plantation and Friedrichsburg; The Colony of the German Fürstenverein
"Same Moon, Same Stars recounts the life of Renate Macherauch Meiners, her adventures growing up in the former East Germany before and during World War II and her life after she met Harvey Meiners, an American G.I. from Fayette County, Texas, in September 1945. The stories of their adventures are fascinating. Eventually, they were able to get permission to come to the U.S. and were then able to see the “same moon and same stars” in Texas as in Germany!"
–Rodney C. Koenig, Past President, German Texas Heritage Society, Austin, Texas
"Same Moon, Same Stars, a story about a German war bride’s trials and tribulations, the love that she found and the love that she lost, is skillfully told by Elaine Thomas, a creative storyteller, who relates the memories of Renate Macherauch Meiners, in a moving first-person narrative. Thomas takes the reader along on Renate’s remarkable journey through life that echoes with courage of conviction, strength of character, love of family and deep faith. The authenticity of this story makes it an important documentation of life as it actually was in the shadow of Nazi Germany, a tumultuous existence of fearfulness and deprivation."
–Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission’s “Footprints of Fayette” newspaper column chair; co-author of Fayette County, Texas Heritage, La Grange, Texas
"Renate's youth was shaped by a combination of family circumstances and the power of Hitler’s dictatorship. While fortunate to find true love during the hungry years after World War II, she did not know what awaited her in the United States. However, Renate adapted, establishing values and priorities that she still lives by. For those who grew up in Germany, this book offers a trip down memory lane. Other readers can learn a lot from Same Moon, Same Stars."
–Helga von Schweinitz, German-Texan recipient of The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award and Advisory Board Member of the German-Texan Heritage Society, Austin, Texas
In La Grange, pick up your copy of Same Moon, Same Stars at The Fayette County Record or the Fayette County Library and Archives.