Hildegarde “Hillie” Mahoney’s spacious, well-appointed home in Palm Beach is a far cry from the icy house in the Japanese mountains where she and her family nearly starved during the winter of 1944.
Her friends have been urging her for years to write a book about the time she, her German-born parents and two brothers were stranded in Japan during World War II.
Last month, nearly 75 years after the Ercklentz family set out from New York for what they thought would be a temporary sojourn in Germany, Regan Arts released Mrs. Mahoney’s memoir, Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War.
Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War
“My mother and father had come from Germany to America; my father first, then he went back to marry my mother and bring her here where he was head of the New York office of a German bank,” author Hillie Mahoney told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in her honor at the Georgetown manse of T.H. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
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