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Lydia Stinnett and son, Joey.

"Growing Up During World War II'"

film by Erika Barker

Lydia Hilde Schill—my grandmother—was born in Bietigheim, Germany in 1935. She grew up, the oldest of four, during World War II. She spent most of her childhood working in the factory, going to school, or working in the fields. That is, when she wasn’t helping to raise her siblings. Her parents were Henrich and Martha Schill. They were strict, but loving parents. She grew up with a very set way of doing daily chores and to this day is the same way. She came to the United States when she was 27. She brought her three kids with her, none of them knowing very much English. She and her daughters learned English by being immersed in the culture.