About The Author

Peter Bodo Gawenda  
Peter Bodo Gawenda completed the German Air Force Academy and was commissioned a lieutenant in the German Air Force. After different assignments in the German Army and Air Force and graduation from Command and Staff school, his assignments in Germany included squadron commander, staff planner in high-level German Headquarters, and in NATO.

In the United States, he held liaison positions in US Army Schools. He advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel and became a member of the German General Staff, spending an administrative assignment in the prestigious Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr (Leadership Academy for German and Foreign Military and Civilians earmarked for high leadership positions) in Hamburg.

Peter spent time in France, Holland, and Denmark and left the German military in 1981, immigrating to Texas with his family. Peter completed his education with a master’s in international relations and a doctorate in education. He served as Vice President of Business Affairs and Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He currently resides in Brownsville, Texas.

In his first book, The Children’s War: Germany 1939 - 1949, Peter shared the story of his childhood in Nazi Germany and his family’s flight to Austria. Irma’s Story is his second book.

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