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OCU professor writes memoir about life among the Nazis

Professor emeritus Christiane Brandt Faris’ book covers her childhood in Germany under Nazi rule.
From Staff Reports Modified: May 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014

A modern languages professor at Oklahoma City University recently released a book about her experiences growing up in Germany under the Nazi regime’s control.

Professor emeritus Christiane Brandt Faris’ book is titled “‘The Nicest Nazi’: Childhood Memories of World War II.” It is published through Ionic Press.

The book covers Faris’ childhood during World War II and the post-war period. The author, born in Berlin during Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship, lost her family home to bombing during the war.

The family moved to a town flooded with refugees and shared her grandmother’s house with more than 50 other people.

The title comes from an offensive remark from a fellow volunteer during a fundraising event.

It was intended to be a compliment, but it brought back memories of her childhood during chaotic times, as well as a significant part of world history.

Faris decided to write her story to share with others in hopes of showing how the citizens of Germany also were victims of the Nazi party. The book is available for purchase from Full Circle Bookstore, the OCU campus store and on the Amazon website.

Faris came to the U.S. in 1968. She has advanced degrees in German from Göttingen University and in English from Bucknell University. She is a recipient of the German Cross of Merit.

Faris also is the author of “Juxtapositions: Brunel Faris and the Visual Arts in Oklahoma.”

From Staff Reports