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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 13, 2016, Page B8, Image 18

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I BOOK REVIEW One amazing story is better than fiction BYTERRI SCHUCHENMEYER FOR THE CHRONICLE You've heard the sto ries. Great-Grandpa made hooch in the basement dur ing Prohibition. Grandma was arrested for protesting back in the '60s. Your great-grandma once chased a man off with a gun Scandalous then, maybe, but quaint family stories now. You cherish those rebel-rousing ances tors of yours - but in "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me" by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair, some tales may lie buried. At 38 years old, Jennifer Teege had every thing she wanted: a degree, success, a husband, two healthy sons, and a bright future. And then, while idly browsing in a nearby library, she says, "I found the book." Photos inside it seemed familiar - then recogniza ble. They were pictures of her birth mother and the grandmother Teege loved. And between the pictures was a story that was "the key to my family history, to my life": the mother who gave Teege up for adoption was the child of one of Germany's most notorious Nazis. The grandmother who cared for Teege as a child was the mistress of Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszdw concentration camp. Did her adoptive par ents know the truth? Teege had contact with her moth er until she was 7 years old and she knew her father was Nigerian; why didn't anyone say anything about the bigger secret of their lives? And how could Teege ever reconcile the gentle grandma she loved with the woman who sure ly knew what was going on at the camp, but who chose to ignore it in favor of a life of comfort? Though it felt like picking at a painful scab, Teege needed to know everything about her grandfather, a man she understood would have been outraged at her very existence. She toured his home near Plaszdw, and visited sites of former con centration camps. She looked hard at old photos, and contacted her birth parents to find closure. "I want to walk upright, to live a normal life," she says. "There is no such thing as inherited guilt. Everybody has the right to their own life story." Think that's impactful? Just wait.... Half of "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me" is what you just learned - which is so pow erful, so striking a tale that it's impossible to tear your self away. Except there's more. Author Jennifer Teege tells about her experiences, her memories, and her heartbreaking repugnance for her ancestry, but jour nalist Nikola Sellmair acts as a sort of narrator, filling in the historical gaps among Teege's tale. Sellmair's part of this book puts Teege's words into perspective, in short, and so we see modern personal anguish side-by-side with past brutality and horror. We read about warm fuzzies, followed by breathtaking inhumanity and, in the juxtaposition of the two, we become just as baffled as is Teege about events that don't make sense. Wow. Without Sellmair's half of this book, I think this would be just another biography; with her half, it's just incredible for World War II scholars, stu dents, and biographers. Now out in paperback, "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me" is one amazing story. Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was three years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books. "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me" by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair c.2015, The Experiment $ 14.95 / $22.95 Canada 240 pages INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Ihtm bthi*dl**> !** -u ,-miM and w?4""* My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me A BIACK WOMAN DISCOVERS HER fAMHY'S NAZI EAST fVMTTXT'fli 19 3 n^H Com. Cal. from page B4 uments/One-stop_early_voting .pdf Oct. 22 - Democratic Men Breakfast The Democratic Men will hold their breakfast on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. in FCDP HQ, 1128 Burke Street. Members are encour aged to bring guests for food, fellowship and election preview. The program will be presented by a distinguished panel of three experts. Senator Linda Garrou will present the Best Case and Worst Case Scenarios for the General Assembly. Professor Katy Harriger, Chairman of the Dept. of Political Science and International Relations at Wake Forest University (WFU) will dis cuss the stakes for America, Senator Cal Cunningham, a practicing attorney, captain in the US Army Reserve and former mem ber of the NC Senate will focus on the effects of the statewide races. Oct. 20-22 - Performance of "Dracula" Winston-Salem Festival Ballet will transport you across time and space to late 19th century Romania with Dracula, chore ography by Gary Taylor, original score by Chris Heckman, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 pm., and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at 8 p.m. at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N Spruce St. Tickets available at the Hanesbrands Box office by calling 336-747-1414. Ticket [rices range $3050-$34.75, with $19.75 student rush tickets available with valid ID 15 minutes prior to show time. Visit win for more infor mation. Oct. 20-29 - Performance of "After the FalT The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) presents Arthur Miller's most personal and autobio graphical play, "After the Fall," Oct. 20-29 in Catawba Theatre of Performance Place on the campus at 1533 South Main St. Drama Dean Carl Forsman directs Studio IV, the senior class, for ten performances. Tickets are $18 regular and $15 students with valid ID, and are available at or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945. Oct. 21-23 - Production of "Little Girl Blue" Onyx Qube Productions will present "Little Girl Blue," a concert drama show case inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone, Oct. 21-23, at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Dr. It is written by award-win ning playwright Nathan Ross Freeman. It stars soul/jazz singer, songwriter, pianist and international recording artist Markeisha Ensley, and introducing pianist, vocalist and rising thespian Bijan Miarra Shaw. Mature audiences recommended. A preview night will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $25 for seniors and students. Performances with a reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 ($35 without reception) and $30 for seniors and students. Additional performances will be Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets by going t ? r* or at the door. Oct. 21 - Dec. 2 - Medicare Annual Enrollment Sessions The Medicare Annual Enrollment peri od will take place from Oct. IS to December 7. To assist Medicare beneficiar ies, the annual enrollment sessions are being offered on Fridays from Oct. 21 through December 2. The sessions will assist Medicare beneficiaries to review their drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans and make changes if necessary. Trained Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors will be available to assist in the enrollment process. Enrollment sessions will be con ducted on the following Fridays: Oct. 21 and 28; November 4, 11 and 18; and December 2. All of the enrollment sessions will be held at the Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert Street. One hour appointments will be offered from 1 p.m. - 5 pjn. Space is limited. Appointments must be made by calling the ^epherd's Center at 336-748-0217. NCDOT to Hold A Public MEETING IN November FOR PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF GREAT WAGON ROAD FROM SHALLOWFORD ROAD TO LEWISVILLE-VIENNA ROAD IN LEWISVILLE TIP Project # U-5536 Division 9 Forsyth County The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a public meet ing in Lewisville on November 1 st regarding the proposed construction of Great Wagon Road from Shallowford Road (S.R. 1001) to Lewisville-Vienna Road (S.R. 1308) in Lewisville. The proposed project would include a multilane facility on new location with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The public meeting will take place on November 1st, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lewisville Town Hall located at 6510 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Interested citizens may attend at any time and NCDOT representa tives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed projects. No formal presentation will be made. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit written comments and questions. The public can view maps as they become available for Project U-5536 online at, For additional information, contact Mr. Brett Abernathy, P.E., Division 9 Project Manager, by phone at (336) 747-7800 or by email at All comments must be received no later than November 15, 2016. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabil ities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this hearing. Anyone re quiring special services should contact Diane Wilson, NCDOT- Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6073, or by email at pdwilsonl as early as possi ble so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1 -800-481 -6494. Aquellas personas que hablan espanol y no hablan ingles, o tlenen limita ciones para leer, hablar o entender ingles, podrian recibir servicios de in terpretacibn si los solicitan antes de la reunidn llamando al 1-800-481-6494. The Chronicle October 13, 2016 ? * NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL ?JEaJb AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY Sp, FALL OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Corbett Sports Center 1601 East Market Street Greensboro, NC 27411 vvwwywvfl ISiia3|B||jwy| 11 ? r >' ' HHIHIHilr ? All-inclusive day for middle school, high school and transfer students ? Talk to students, faculty, staff, and administrators ? Tour the beautiful campus ? Explore academic offerings ^5 Have a Story Idea? Let us Know letters@wschronicle?om

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