Mother Issues

Note on the poem, Rubble Children: I don’t know much about my birth mother having been adopted pre-birth. But I do know this: Her name is/was Brigitte Heinz; she was 16 when I was born; she was Catholic and unmarried; she was a house-maid; she was a resident of Wurzburg, Germany.

On March 16, 1945 the British fire-bombed Wurzburg, Germany, destroying 95% of the city and killing over 5,000 people. This came just one day short of a month after the destruction of Dresden. Over the next 20 years, Trummerfrauen (rubble women) rebuilt the city just as it was before the war, including the Medieval cathedral and many of the other historical buildings in the old town (the men were either dead or POW.)


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