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Scarborough Society sponsors presentation by local Berkeley County author

ISSUED: 21 October 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Scarborough Society sponsors presentation by local Berkeley County author)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Scarborough Society of Shepherd University, as part of its free lecture series, will sponsor a program featuring Berkeley County author Herb Flemming on Tuesday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Scarborough Library reading room. Flemming will discuss his self-published book A Prisoner of Hope: From Hitler Youth to American Soldier. The program is free of charge and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Born in 1933 in a small fishing village in East Germany, Flemming grew up under Adolf Hitler's regime and was forced to join the Hitler Youth at age ten. In 1945, as the Russian Army approached his village during World War II, Flemming and his family fled as refugees, escaping across the Baltic Sea to settle near Hamburg, Germany. Six years after the war ended, they immigrated to the United States under the 1948 Displaced Persons Act, which gave 400,000 WWII refugees permanent placement in the U.S. There, Flemming became a soldier in the U.S. Army that occupied his former homeland. A Prisoner of Hope: From Hitler Youth to American Soldier chronicles a young boy's journey from tyranny to freedom during and after World War II.

Flemming currently resides in Inwood with his wife Frieda and works part-time in Shepherdstown as a metal worker. He enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren whenever possible. Flemming recently had the opportunity to return to his birthplace only to find that not a single street or building remains in the small village.

The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization established in 2002 by the Shepherd University Foundation. Its annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library. For further information about the lecture series or the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.


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