Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ingrid Noll, Wolfgang Hampel and Vita Magica

 

Betty MacDonald fan club fans and friends of Vita Magica,

i'm a huge Betty MacDonald -, Ingrid Noll -  and Wolfgang Hampel fan.

Happy 80th birthday dearest Ingrid Noll.

Author Ingrid Noll got many fans all over the World. 

Wolfgang Hampel's next Vita Magica will be on September 29, 2015. 


It's today.

Wolfgang Hampel wrote a new very special birthday poem  and is going to honor unique Ingrid Noll in Vita Magica.

Wolfgang Hampel, Betty MacDonald Memorial Award winning journalist and author of  Betty MacDonald Biography, was on radio with Germany's "Queen of Crime", Ingrid Noll. 

Both are very witty and interesting personalities. 

Betty MacDonald would have loved Ingrid Noll's really fascinating books. In case you are interested in the radio show, let us know, please.

Ingrid Noll has written several novels, including Head Count, Hell hath no Fury and The Pharmacist, as well as one television drama, Bommels Billigflüge. 


Several of her novels have been subsequently adapted as films, including Die Apothekerin, which was released in the United States as The Pharmacist and was nominated for the German Film Award in Gold for outstanding feature film. 

She has published her first novel-debut in the age of 55 years, which got became great success. Today she is one of the most German appreciated female authors.

We got Wolfgang Hampel's permission to share his very special Ingrid Noll birthday poem with you. 


Ingrid Noll was delighted and said she never got such a wonderful and witty birthday poem.

Ingrid Noll birthday poem

Copyright 2010/2015 by Wolfgang Hampel
All rights reserved


Ohne Krimi geht die Mimi nie in's Bett,
das ist wirklich schön und nett,
doch ist es tausend Mal so toll,
geht man in's Bett mit einer Noll.
Ob Hahn ist tot,
ob Röslein rot
und Häupter meiner Lieben,
man ist auf einmal ganz hellwach
und muß den Schlaf verschieben.
Man spürt den kalten Abendhauch
und Apothekerinnen auch,
die nähern sich uns Stich für Stich.
Das ist das richt'ge Gift für mich.
Witwen, Rabenbrüder, Sekretärin
führen manches so im Sinn.
Stets Ladylike ist Ingrid Noll,
die Handlung spannend, immer toll,
welche Fäden sie auch spinnt,
nie d'runter ist ein Kuckuckskind,
hintergründig gut verschlungen
sattelfest in Falschen Zungen.
Das neu'ste, ich wußt' es sofort,
wieder spitze! Ehrenwort!
Ich muß jetzt eines sagen ehrlich.
Als Noll'scher Zwerg lebst Du gefährlich.
Wie konnte man ihn so beglücken?
Der Arme hat 'n Dolch im Rücken.
Wir wünschen Glück und Sonnenschein,
ein langes Leben, niemals Pein,
daß Ihnen fällt stets etwas ein.
Ich bin ein Pascha, doch kein Schwein.

Take care,

Ute


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Vita Magica - Programm am 29. September 2015 mit Gustav Knauber


 Kerweborscht Gustav Knauber

































Gustav Knauber liest aus: " S Johr durch " 


  Gustav Knauber am 6.7.2002

 Gustav Knauber erhält die Heidelberger Bürgerplakette am 6.7.2002
 von Oberbürgermeisterin Beate Weber






Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
liebe Freunde von 'Vita Magica',

wir hoffen, daß wir Sie und Ihre interessierten Freunde am 29.09.2015 um 15 Uhr 30 bei der 3. Veranstaltung von 'Vita Magica'  begrüßen dürfen. 

Herzlichen Dank für Ihr Interesse im voraus!

 
Liebe Grüße,

Rita Kocher und Wolfgang Hampel  


                        
                       
                         Vita Magica



Programm am 29. September 2015, 15.30 Uhr, E 06



Programmgestaltung und Leitung:

Rita Kocher und Wolfgang Hampel

 

1.  Begrüßung und Vorstellung durch Wolfgang Hampel und Rita Kocher

2.  Musik-Umrahmung: Peter Beutler (Klavier)

3.  Wolfgang Hampel liest: ( eigene Gedichte )
    
 
     Herzlos

     Frau und Mann

     Die Eichen mögen weichen

     Weite



       
 4.   Musik-Umrahmung: Peter Beutler ( Klavier )


 5.   Gastleser: Gustav Knauber liest Gedichte aus:
      " S Johr durch "


 6.   Musik-Umrahmung: Peter Beutler ( Klavier )

 7.   Rita Kocher liest : 
     
       Wissewasser (KG)



 8.  Gastleser: Gustav Knauber liest Gedichte aus:
      " S Johr durch "
      
 9.   Musik-Umrahmung: Peter Beutler (Klavier)

10.  Wolfgang Hampel  liest: (eigene Gedichte)
        
       Engel ohne Flügel

       Die Gier

       Geschoben

       Garten mit Laube
      

11.  Gastleser: Gustav Knauber liest Gedichte aus:
       " S Johr durch "
       
12.  Schluss-Gedicht Rita Kocher:
       
       Spurensuche

13.  Wolfgang Hampel: Vorankündigung nächste Lesung

       Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2015, 15.30 Uhr, Raum E 06

       Gastleserin: Frau Dr. Franziska Polanski: 
        "Das Alter in der Karikatur"

      In der Akademie für Ältere, 69115 Heidelberg, Bergheimer Straße 76 

 14. Abschluss-Zitat: Rita Kocher

       Musikalischer Ausklang: Peter Beutler ( Klavier) 


Monday, September 21, 2015

Vita Magica September mit Gustav Knauber

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
liebe Freunde von 'Vita Magica', 

am 25.08.2015 um 15 Uhr 30 hat die 2. Veranstaltung von 'Vita Magica' stattgefunden. 

Vielen lieben Dank für Ihre großartige Unterstützung.

Wir hoffen, daß wir Sie und Ihre interessierten Freunde am 29.09.2015 um 15 Uhr 30 bei der 3. Veranstaltung von 'Vita Magica' wieder begrüßen dürfen. 


Herzlichen Dank für Ihr Interesse im voraus!
 
Liebe Grüße,

Rita Kocher und Wolfgang Hampel  


Di., 29.09.2015, 15:30 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr: Bergheimer Straße 76, E06 EG, Gastleser: Gustav Knauber, Mundart-Dichter 





Kerweborscht Gustav Knauber

Wolfgang Hampel and International Betty MacDonald fan club event

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Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Sydney is my favourite for next International Betty MacDonald fan club event.

I adore Sydney.

Thanks a million dearest Nancy for sharing this very important letter by Betty MacDonald.

Perhaps the most important letter by Betty MacDonald until today.

Betty MacDonald fan club letter collection got really wonderful ones.

Betty MacDonald and her sister Mary Bard Jensen had so many curious fans who wrote many letters to their beloved authors.

We are very grateful because many Betty MacDonald fan club fans share these wonderful documents.

Thanks a million for your outstanding support! 

Betty MacDonald mentions in detail the original version of The Egg and I and the differences with the final edition of her first book. 

Greta, Mats, Astrid  and their  Betty MacDonald fan club research teams are working on an article for Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter October.

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to include all these new details and info in updated Betty MacDonald biography.

More info in Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter October.

New Betty MacDonald documentary will be very interesting with many interviews never published before.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli is back and we are delighted.


Mr. Tigerli's golden memories are priceless. 

A great work by Letizia Mancino, Mr. Tigerli and Mary Holmes!

Don't miss Brad's daily dose, please.


We are visiting Betty MacDonald's unique Vashon Island today.



Take care,


Anita and Eartha Kitt II 


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                                Mr. Tigerli's memories

Copyright 2015 by Letizia Mancino
Translated by Mary Holmes
All rights reseverd 



My birthday! 

I, Mr. Tigerli, can hardly save myself from being submerged in red roses!  Oh dear, a loving cat has his problems.

Surrounded by a sea of flowers!

Mind you I’ve earned it. I have risked so much for love in my life!

I have become famous because of being such a great lover.  I am a Casanova cat.

 Am I exaggerating?  Are there not cats more famous than me, artists who paint or play the piano?



That may be so, but they are “nobodies” in the art of loving!

Look in the internet under “Erotica Felina”! You will see that my name immediately appears on the screen.

People boarding their plane in Singapore have found me at once on Google.

I am a world famous cat.

Oh no, I don’t loose my head over female cats. But women! I love women.  Yes only women. These wonderful creatures give me everything! Not only affection, good conversation and food.



I was four months old when I discovered my partiality for women.

One time I was cavorting on the bed with Roswitha, my first love – although it was strictly forbidden to get onto the bed – when under the woolen blanket I suddenly felt a wonderful soft plump area! Roswitha’s tummy! I was running backwards and forwards across it when suddenly a shot of adrenalin rushed through my cat brain. At an early age I became a slave to love!



But it was Roswitha’s foot that surprised me with my first erotic feelings. She had unknowingly stretched it out of the bed under the pressure of my four paws and for the first time I saw the naked foot of a woman. Five small tempting little sausages attracted my attention. How delicately the points moved. They were more attractive to look at than the mice in the fresh grass. I miaowed to them “I’m going to bite you”!



I understand men who kiss the feet of women so ardently.



I immediately lost my head and my innocence.



Now I began to nibble at these five little porkies.

Roswitha continued to sleep and sighed softly. Encouraged I licked her whole foot. Roswitha laughed sweetly and delightfully in her sleep.



Within eight months I was familiar with her leg.



I love beautiful legs. Without hair, without ticks or other insects. They have such a wonderful perfume. I could lick women’s legs without any saliva. Wonderful!   A refined lover begins with delicate movements, not by taking the female creation by storm. Only goats climb on the back of their females without paying a single compliment. You know, Betty, that a Casanova doesn’t come straight to the point!



Roswitha, I love you Oh, my first love! I felt so good in your bed. I lay at your feet in the night. But after two intimate years deeply in love with your feet, your husband came home. His field service away from home was over, and sadly my home service with you too.

“Get out of my bed”, he shouted. It’s not right to treat a loving cat so rudely, even when men have the right to be jealous of us. We are after all superior to them. We are supple and seductively beautiful until old age. We are not rude or, even worse, drunkards! A woman can spend romantic hours stroking us or even sleep with us in her bed and still believe in platonic love, which is hardly possible for them with a man. Women never become pregnant with us and this has advantages. Casanova was the inventor of the condom. We are the condom.



I was thrown out. Are men all so brutal, Betty? The bedroom door was locked. But I was still allowed to live in the house: three sofas in the living room, a bed in the guest bedroom, and an old divan in the cellar were available for me. Roswitha could come to these. But I was appalled!



Mr. Brummi avoided my dirty looks. Since then I have not befriended men, to say nothing of cats!

Without Roswitha’s feet I had to eke out a miserable existence in the house. And she complained that her feet were cold.



The husband however was obdurate. He tried, without success, to take my place: to stroke Roswitha’s feet, to rub them, to tickle them! But Roswitha’s five little white toes remained in the bed as motionless as if rigor mortis had set in.

There were no more giggles. The doctor recommended an evening foot-bath. To think that I should be replaced by a herbal bath! How outrageous!



Should I have scratched at the bedroom door every night? I am a proud cat! I would rather look around! She wouldn’t have heard me anyway. The husband snores as loudly as a vacuum cleaner on the point of collapse. Should I have dropped five dead mice in front of the door? But I don’t bring her these presents any more. If you love me, I thought, get divorced!



“Darling” I hear her say to her husband, “Couldn’t you snore more quietly?”



I comforted myself with her socks. The dirty ones, naturally. There were a few flakes from her skin that I swallowed with joy. Some men even sniff underwear. Idiotic love. That’s going too far for me. I, Mr Tigerli, don’t do that because I am an aesthetic cat. Gradually I’d had enough of the socks. Should I look for a new woman? The thought of being unfaithful came to me quite suddenly.



The nights in my basket passed peacefully  - and also the nights in Roswitha’s bed. Cold feet and migraines are two passion killers. The husband was sullen. She never suffered with me. I laughed - even if cats can’t laugh – behind my beard and knew that she had remained faithful.  I didn’t. I found the young servant in the house very fascinating. Her legs were not so beautiful as Roswitha’s , but the risks were low. The young woman was a Russian, temperamental, pretty and I liked her. Infidelity was for me a triviality.



“Oh, Mr. Tigerli”, cried Putziputzi  (that was her pet name. I’ll say no more, she had two brothers) “why are you licking me so tenderly?”

I could have answered. “You are my second choice. I am missing Roswitha’s feet.” But I wrapped myself round her leg, as all loving cats do.



She gave an even louder cry and ran away! I was perplexed!

I had no idea that genuine love-play begins with “No, no, I’d rather not, please don’t”.



I still had a lot to learn. Then I thought: Quick , Tigerli, follow Putziputzi and sing her a song! After that wonderful days followed: I showered her soft thighs with delicate little love-bites. It was intoxicating!



We constantly changed the spot we chose for our love-making. On Mondays and Fridays we lay on the three sofas, on Tuesday on the bed in the guest room, but most of the time we spent together in the cellar. She was crazy! Is this sex,

I asked myself. What man can make a woman so happy?



Putziputzi was soon dismissed from her job.



I have no great opinion of husbands and I must admit I have good reasons for this. But that their wives should react with such jealousy was for me an insoluble puzzle.



It wasn’t long before I was lying in bed with Roswitha again.

The husband had probably seen that the loss of a servant can have serious consequences. Now it was his job to vacuum the whole house: from the cellar to the attic. Roswitha assured him this would only be for a short transitional period, until she had found a replacement for Putziputzi.



“Yes, yes!  But the replacement must be ugly and unattractive and she should only work in the house and she must not play with Tigerli”, he answered.



“Yes, yes! I agree”, answered Roswitha, “and it would be wise if you would allow Tigerli to sleep in the bed with me again”.



The husband willingly gave his consent.

He nodded his agreement and it was clear that he saw me in a new light.

I was no longer a competitor.

What the heck, he thought! The guy was sleeping in my bed with my wife when I was away anyway!



So thanks to the vacuum-cleaner I was able to continue my love-affair with my first love Roswitha.



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Who is Mr. Tigerli?
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Wolfgang Hampel und Vita Magica




Liebe Freunde von Vita Magica,
liebe Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald Fan Club Fans aus aller Welt sind sehr an Wolfgang Hampels Interviews, Geschichten und Gedichten interessiert. 

Sie können einige von Wolfgang Hampels neuen satirischen Geschichten und Gedichten im nächsten Betty MacDonald Fan Club Magazin lesen.

Wolfgang Hampel ist Journalist, Autor, Künstler und Poet.


Er ist der Träger des ersten Betty MacDonald Gedächtnispreises. 


Wie wir alle wissen gründete Wolfgang Hampel 1983 den Betty MacDonald Fan Club und die Betty MacDonald Society.  

Der Betty MacDonald Fan Club hat Mitglieder in 40 Ländern.

Wolfgang Hampels neue Betty MacDonald Dokumentation über Betty MacDonalds Leben in Boulder, Butte, Seattle, Laurelhurst, Chimacum, Vashon, Carmel und Carmel Valley ist wirklich faszinierend. Ein Höhepunkt sind Szenen von Bettys und Dons Leben in Carmel und Carmel Valley.

Wolfgang Hampel, Autor der Betty MacDonald Biografie, interviewte Betty MacDonalds Familie und Freunde und viele andere berühmte Künstler und Schriftsteller, z.B. Astrid Lindgren,  Truman Capote, J. K. Rowling, Maurice Sendak, Donna Leon, David Guterson, Marie Marcks,  Ingrid Noll, William Cumming, Walt Woodward und Betty MacDonald Fan Club Ehrenmitglieder Monica Sone, Letizia Mancino, Darsie Beck und Gwen Grant.

Wolfgang Hampel ist auch sehr bekannt für seine satirischen Gedichte und Geschichten. 


Wir werden Wolfgang Hampels Werk den vielen Fans aus aller Welt vorstellen, die seine Betty MacDonald Biografie und die einzigartigen Betty MacDonald Interviews schätzen. 

Wolfgang Hampels neues literarisches Projekt ist Vita Magica.

Thomas



Betty MacDonald Fan Club fans from all over the World  are very interested in Wolfgang Hampel's interviews, stories and poems.

You'll be able to read some of Wolfgang Hampel's new satirical stories and poems in our next Betty MacDonald Fan Club magazine.

Wolfgang Hampel is journalist, author, artist and poet.


He is the winner of the first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award.

As we all know Wolfgang Hampel founded Betty MacDonald Fan Club and Betty MacDonald Society in 1983. 


Betty MacDonald Fan Club has members in 40 countries. 

Wolfgang Hampel's new Betty MacDonald documentary of Betty MacDonald's life in Boulder, Butte, Seattle, Laurelhurst, Chimacum, Vashon Island, Carmel and Carmel Valley is really fascinating. My personal favourites are scenes of Betty's and Don's life in Carmel and Carmel Valley.

Wolfgang Hampel, author of Betty MacDonald Biography, interviewed Betty MacDonald's family and friends and many other famous artists and writers, for example Astrid Lindgren, Truman Capote, J. K. Rowling, Maurice Sendak, David Guterson, Donna Leon, Ingrid Noll, Marie Marcks, William Cumming, Walt Woodward and Betty MacDonald Fan Club Honour Members Monica Sone, Letizia Mancino, Darsie Beck and Gwen Grant. 


Wolfgang Hampel is also very well known for his satirical poems and stories.


We are going to share Wolfgang Hampel's work with many fans from all over the world who adore his Betty MacDonald Biography and unique Betty MacDonald Interviews. 

Wolfgang Hampel's newest literary project is Vita Magica. 

Thomas




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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Vita Magica and Betty MacDonald fan club Royal Wedding Meeting


 

 










Betty MacDonald fan club Royal Wedding Meeting  with many fans from all over the world was unforgettable.

It was Vita Magica - pure magic.

Dear Betty MacDonald fan club Royal Wedding Event team thanks a million for an outstanding organization.

We'll never forget it. 

The  Betty MacDonald fan club Royal Wedding DVD is fascinating and one of the most successful Betty MacDonald fan club event items.

 
Betty MacDonald Memorial Award Winner Wolfgang Hampel  and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are working on an updated Betty MacDonald biography and new Betty MacDonald documentary.

Join one of our Betty MacDonald fan club research teams, please. 

Thanks a million in advance for your outstanding support.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  and our 'Italian Betty MacDonald' - Betty MacDonald fan club honor member author and artist Letizia Mancino belong to the most popular Betty MacDonald fan club teams in our history.

Their many devoted fans are waiting for a new Mr. Tigerli adventure.

Letizia Mancino's  magical Betty MacDonald Gallery  is a special gift for our Betty MacDonald fan club fans.

Enjoy a sunny Sunday,

Margret




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Swedish ex-glamour model becomes princess with wedding to Prince Carl Philip

Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex guests as Sofia Hellqvist, a 30-year-old commoner, marries prince who is third in line to the throne in lavish Stockholm wedding











She is the glamour model turned princess; he is the scion of an ancient royal household.

The aristocracy and royalty of Europe gathered in Stockholm on Saturday to witness the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to Sofia Hellqvist.

 Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex arrive (Reuters)
After the prince appeared to struggle to place the ring on his bride’s finger, the couple said their vows in the royal chapel and a band played a cover version of Coldplay’s song “Fix You”.

The newly-weds were then serenaded by a man singing a Swedish version of “Umbrella” by Rihanna.
 
 Sweden's Princess Madeleine, her husband Christopher O'Neill and Princess Leonore arrive for the wedding (AFP)
 
The guests were drawn from the second rank of Europe’s royal families, notably Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. The House of Windsor was represented by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Prince Carl Philip, 36, is the second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. His 30-year-old wife - now Princess Sofia - is a commoner without a drop of blue blood and an unusually racy background by the standards of royal brides.


 Queen Sonja of Norway, left to right, Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (Rex/AFP)
 
As Sofia Hellqvist, she took part in a Swedish reality TV show called “Paradise Hotel” in 2005.
This placed an array of men and women in a luxury resort, where they tried to avoid being voted off by engaging in various pranks and intrigues, while also becoming progressively more scantily clad.

 
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Sweden's Prince Daniel (AFP)
 
The previous year, Miss Hellqvist, then aged 20, had posed topless with a boa constrictor for the men’s magazine “Slitz”.
As a glamour model, she won so many hearts among the readers of this publication that they made her “Miss Slitz 2004”. Until she became a Princess of Sweden on Saturday, this was her only previous title.


Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist (Rex)
 
Inevitably, the Swedish media have published the photos of Princess Sofia in various states of undress, but these have not caused any great controversy.
“It’s a shame there’s still so much written about that,” she told Swedish Television in January. “It was 10 years ago, I’ve gotten on with my life since then,” she said. “I don’t regret anything. All these experiences have made me the person I am. I wouldn’t have made those choices today.”


Sofia Hellqvist during a photoshoot (GoffPhotos.com)
 
Thanks to the photos, Swedes have learnt that Princess Sofia possesses a pierced navel and a few discreetly elegant tattoos.
Prince Carl Philip and his new wife are keen to project an image of themselves as modern and open. They are often seen running errands in Stockholm or buying pizza in fast food restaurants.

 
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Sweden's Queen Silvia (AFP)
 
In the past, royal weddings were “a way of building power alliances”, but today “they’re a way of uniting the monarchy with the people”, said Louise Berglund, a Swedish historian, according to TT, Sweden's only national news wire service.
Raised in a middle class family in the small town of Alvdalen, Miss Hellqvist left Sweden for New York in 2005, where she studied accounting and worked variously as a yoga teacher and waitress. “I can say I have lived my life to the fullest,” she said in the documentary. 


She then served as a volunteer aid worker in several African countries. In 2010, she co-founded “Project Playground”, a charity designed to help disadvantaged children in South Africa.
She left this organisation in March to focus on her new duties as princess, the title she received on her marriage on Saturday.



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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wolfgang Hampel, Monica Sone and smiling courage


Nisei Daughter

















Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone ( Kimi in Betty MacDonald's The Plague and I )  is the author of Nisei Daughter. 

Monica Sone and her family had run a hotel in Seattle before Executive Order 9066 sent all West Coast Japanese Americans into exile.

With charm, humor, and deep understanding, a Japanese American woman tells how it was to grow up on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" dring World War II. Along with some 120,000 other persons of Japanese ancestry-77,000 of whom were U.S. citizens-she and her family were uprooted from their home and imprisoned in a camp. 


In this book, first published in 1953, she provides a unique personal account of these experiences.

"Monica Sone's account of life in the relocation camps is both fair and unsparing. It is also deeply touching, and occasionally hilarious."-New York Herald Tribune

"The deepest impression that this unaffected, honest little story made on me was of smiling courage."-San Francisco Chronicle

Wolfgang Hampel, Monica Sone's friend -  author of Betty MacDonald biography and winner of first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award - wrote:

Copyright 2011 by Wolfgang Hampel

Dearest Monica,

I was rereading your book Nisei Daughter and I have to tell you that I agree with your many international fans. I wished I could read many more books written by great author and unique personality Monica Sone.

I also agree with the New York Herald Tribune review of Nisei Daughter: Monica Sone's account of life in the relocation camps is both fair and unsparing. It is also deeply touching, and occasionally hilarious.

Yes, that's it! Deeply touching, also occassionally hilarious! When I'm reading your great book ( Nisei Daughter belong to the VERY few books I'm reading over and over again ) I'm really deeply touched. I'm with you and your great family. I adore your outstanding book and even much more I adore your unique personality. You are a genius but very human and warm with a deep understanding and a golden heart.

The first time I heard your very warm voice I was lost. To me it's the most beautiful voice in the whole world. Voice and personality fit together in just a perfect way.

Thanks a million for your friendship.

Although we are far away you and your family are always in our thoughts. 


All our love,

Wolfgang


Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project 'Vita Magica'. 


Yours,

Martine

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First Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone, author of Nisei Daughter and described as Kimi in Betty MacDonald's book The Plague and I would celebrate her 96th birthday today.  

Monica Sone passed away in 2011 shortly after her 92th birthday.

To me it's quiete a shock to learn the depressing facts of internment of Japanse, Japanese Americans, European and European Americans in a democratic society.

Over 31.000 people were kept interned until July 1948 - more than three years after the war in Europe had ended.

I hope we can learn from the past and we are willing to.

Betty MacDonald Fan Club honor member Monica Sone was furious at the blatant disregard of her civil rights.

Monica Sone said to Betty MacDonald Memorial Award winner Wolfgang Hampel: 


I didn't move from Seattle - they moved me away and I never came back.
( only for family visits )

Of course everybody can understand Monica Sone's feelings.
A democratic society has to protect the civil rights of their people. Otherwise it's no longer a democratic society. 


A simple fact.

In the camps, internees were seen more as prisoners of war than as civilians. 


To name such camps for example Camp Harmony is simply awful.

Just imagine the loss of property, the personal insults, the barbed wire, armed guards, the dust storms, horrible food, unfinished barracks, barren land, shared huts, inadequate washing and toilet facilities, green uniforms, military work details, snapping to attention at an officer's approach.

Therefore Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter is a very important book.

Betty MacDonald Fan Club founder, author, poet and Monica Sone's good friend Wolfgang Hampel told us that Nisei Daughter belonged to the very few books he was rereading. I know many of us do the very same.

Betty MacDonald encouraged her friend Monica Sone in publishing her book 'Nisei Daughter'.


Betty MacDonald said: 


'Nisei Daughter ' is a very remarkable book, humorous and delightfully readable, that takes you into the heart of a Japanese-American family and into the mind of the sensitive, perceptive eldest daughter.

The internment of the American born Japanese during World War II is handled with honesty and rare dispassion. 


It is certainly to Monica Sone's credit that she she still sings God bless America. 
 
Betty MacDonald was right. Having Monica Sone's experiences I'm not sure I would.

I agree with John Heitman "In a world where there are lots of smoke screens and J. Edgar Hoovers, an individual can really be hurt."


Take care,

Lasse



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