BY MARINA DUTZMANN KIRSCH
MARINA DUTZMANN KIRSCH, the daughter of Flight of Remembrance protagonists, Rolf and Lilo, grew up in a German immigrant family during the expansive 1950s in the American near-West. On the brink of her family’s odyssey to the New World in December of 1951, she was born into the post war Old World in Zurich, Switzerland. More than fifty years later, her love of an intriguing story led her on a “journey of remembrance” to research and record in book form the experiences of her family during the tumultuous years of World War II in Latvia, Poland, and Germany, which included unearthing facts about her grandfather’s assignment as V-2 rocket chief inspector during World War II at the top secret Mittelwerk installation. In September 2011, her work on Flight of Remembrance led her on a “pilgrimage of remembrance” to the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial in Nordhausen, Germany to donate family documents and to pay respect to the memory of the inmates who perished there. Other documents from the family archives have been donated to the Space History Division of the Smithsonian with additional photos and documents to follow in the future. Marina has also reached back more than half a century to reconnect with Wakarusa (a Potawatomi Indian word for “knee deep in mud”)—the tiny farming community with a great big heart in northeastern Indiana that sponsored her family to immigrate to the US and welcomed them after their arrival.
Actively seeking book presentations, signings, media interviews and book reviews, Marina welcomes requests for appearances. She is a member of the Exeter, NH Speak Ups chapter of Toastmasters International and regards her book presentations for Flight of Remembrance as a new avenue to inspire the preservation and sharing of memories from World War II, as well as the healing of wartime trauma, and the quest for world peace. Contact her if you would like to book her to speak to your organization. Among the ideal venues for her presentations are libraries, book stores, schools, churches, German-American clubs, historical societies, senior centers, retirement communities, book clubs, and VFW and Foreign Legion posts.
Also a graphic designer with over 30 years of experience serving corporate and private clients (www.marinakirschdesign.com), Marina resides with her husband in Kensington, New Hampshire. Passionate about promoting peace in her personal life, her surroundings and the world, she is an avid supporter of animal welfare organizations around the country as well as an active volunteer for the Amesbury Friends Peace Center (Quaker-based) located in Amesbury, Massachusetts and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center of northeastern Massachusetts, an organization that promotes domestic violence prevention and awareness.
Click here to read more about Marina's trip to the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial and the circumstances in her family's past that prompted her visit there.
Visit Marina's graphic design sitewww.marinakirschdesign.com
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Kirschstone Books • Kensington, New Hampshire • 978-270-3523 •