The Lessons of Life and Death still Apply
Ingrid told her story at schools and in one prominent church. Those who suffer the most in wars are the innocent: women, children, and old people. She credited CARE packages with saving the life of her family after the war, but always viewed mass bombings of civilian centers as murder. Just as she tensed and held her breath when an airplane flew low over the house, she also empathized with innocent casualties in the seemingly unending wars brought into the living room every night by the television.
Ingrid died September 2, 2012 at the age of eighty-one, still working three days a week in a country she adopted as her own when she migrated to the United States in 1953. It was the one nation, she hoped, that would find a solution to war and end the senseless slaughter of people we today refer to as “collateral damage.”
Ingrid Streich’s unpublished memoirs.
Nossack, H.E. Der Untergang: Hamburg 1943. (1981). Ernst Kabel Verlag.
Special report: “Als Feuer vom Himmel fiel: Der Bombenkrief gegen die Deutschen.” (2003). Spiegel magazine.
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Haicke Rammelt says
I was six years old when I experienced the bombings of Hamburg in a shelter close to total destruction. It would take too much space and time to describe. However, I also like to remind people not to forget all the efforts of good meaning people to build bridges and form new friendships between former enemies. These friendships were formed through student exchanges and other channels. We as human beings have so much in common and therefore it is cruel and senseless to attack each other for reasons most of us do not understand. War where innocent people pay the price is inhumane and should not be glorified.