Helga Long, Author and Guest Speaker

Helga Long, Author and Guest Speaker to Schools, Universities, Libraries, Social Clubs, Retirement Communities, and Historical Societies

Helga Long has worn many hats: first as a stay-at-home mom to her three children, then as a fitness instructor, followed by teaching high school German before turning author. She lives with her husband, James, in rural Ohio and is enjoying retirement with reading, playing with her grandchildren, and staying active in many outdoor activities, including gardening, golf, and hiking.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

While reading this heart-warming story, readers will experience what daily life was like for the every-day German student/young adult before, during, and after World War II.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

Helga interviewed her mother, Helene Witzmann, extensively about her life before, during, and after World War II in Germany. All the information in the book is 100% true.



Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I enjoy speaking to school history and English classes, where I get the students to imagine how their lives would change if they were in the same situation as my mother, Helene, during her teenage years. While speaking to adult groups, I discuss with them the experiences and challenges of my mother before, during, and after the war. With all my presentations, I informally speak to the audience and invite questions and comments, creating a comfortable discussion hour.

Presentation Audience:

Middle School

High School




5-10 Appearances



Willing to Travel (within 60 miles of Danville, Ohio)

Book Type:


Adult Non-Fiction



World War II