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Praise for Irma’s Story

"Gawenda thrilled readers with his first book, The Children's War:
Germany 1939-1949. Now he thrills them again, turning to his
narrative gifts and rich trove of memories to tell another story with
universal appeal—the power of enduring love."

Robert J. Becker
Veteran journalist and former international wire news editor at the Houston Chronicle

"Irma's Story tells the compelling true story of the impassioned love shared between a south Texas woman of Hispanic descent and a German military officer, brought together by fate after World War II. Readers will be captivated and charmed by this unlikely relationship that thrived and endured. Today it serves as a powerful example of human potential and adaptation."

Yvonne Freeman, PhD
Professor, Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies at the
University of Texas at Brownsville

"Peter Gawenda invites readers on a journey across several countries, decades, and adventures to describe the unique and rare love shared between two people. He provides a rare glimpse inside the life journeys of two heroes, leaving an imprinted portrayal of Hispanic women as positive role models. Irma's Story ensures their legacy will be remembered by all those who knew them, and now, by all those who read this magnificent book."

Maria Elena Corbeil, EdD
Assistant professor, College of Education, Educational Technology at the
University of Texas at Brownsville


Irma Gawenda from the book Irma's Story
Irma and Sam

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Phone: 972.381.0009

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