Gabrielle’s work explores the impact of history on our lives as we search for identity and a home.

Born in Berlin, Gabrielle grew up in Germany and Austria. After a PhD in Modern Drama from the University of London, she taught at the University of Illinois, Indiana University South Bend, and abroad. She is now a Professor Emerita, living in South Bend.

FEATURED WORK: The Reluctant Nazi

“Her book adds to our slowly accumulating knowledge of what the war looked like from “the other side,” and takes its place beside books like W.G. Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction and Antony Beevor’s The Fall of Berlin 1945. Notre Dame Review, Spring/Summer 2013.

Gabrielle with her grandfather as visits eye patients

Gabrielle with her grandfather as visits eye patients

Her father on his Messerschmitt with her mother’s name on the fuselage

Her father on his Messerschmitt with her mother’s name on the fuselage

Testimonials

The Reluctant Nazi was chosen by the Notre Dame Review “Editors Select” Spring 2013.

Some Reader Comments: “I have never experienced the human side of war as I did through your book.” Paula Persen Miller

“I was incredibly moved by the story of Api and yourself.” Derwyn Rokeby-Thomas

“Her memories as a young child caught in World War II Germany, coupled with her grandfather’s struggle to survive war-ravaged Berlin bring human faces to the German side of the war.” Feemaedchen

“Such a remarkable, moving, and totally honest book!..I much appreciated the finely balanced discussion of ‘collective guilt.’ Dafydd Bullock, composer.

“I loved this book. A beautifully written, well thought out, thoroughly researched and courages book about the complexities of war, the impact of one’s prsonal choices, and who is ultimately responsible for a government that perpetrates horrendous crimes against humanity.” Lori Potochnik.