Fred Rump

  1937 -
  City of Birth:
Elbing, West Prussia
 
 

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It Has Been A Rough Year

I am adding this additional chapter to my introduction, because after I initially wrote the introduction, it was very difficult to come back to it and try to make sense of all that I have experienced through the various stages of my life and the trials that I have endured or overcome.  I wish ...


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The Birth of Charles Leonard Wiggins

The story has already been written for awhile on my blog "From the heart of Praise, Prayer and Perseverance. 0; Here is a link to that posting, Below are the pictures of the blessed event.   http://fromthehea rt-dotwigg.blogsp ot.com/2008/03/an other-2-prayer-re quest-answered.ht ml


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My Entire Life

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Genes and Environment
We are who we are because of two things: our genetic makeup and how and where we grew up. The jury is still out as to what is more important to our formation but what we do now is that both have large influences upon our lives ...
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01/01/1920
12/31/1937
Babyhood and later escapades
I was born in my parents' apartment over their store and tailoring business at 54 Königsberger Straße in downtown Elbing. Both were rentals. I have the faintest recollections about this place and sometimes wonder if its from ...
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12/01/1937
01/21/1945
School life
I should add that I have absolutely no memories of school during this time frame. I probably attended Kindergarten at 6 and then started first grade in my 7th year but with the bombing of the city I doubt that there was ...
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12/01/1937
01/21/1945
How often did I die?
The train.I am trying to write only facts here. No embellishments, no fictionalization, just what I remember. I have read other accounts of people in my position who write about all the details of their surroundings. They ...
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01/21/1945
12/31/1945
Early Years after WWII
1946 We met up with my aunt Erna and her two children Traute & Erwin in Berlin. Let me step back a minute to 1945: they had tried to leave Elbing a day after us because Uncle Fritz still had to finish his shift at the ...
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01/01/1946
11/20/1948
a new Beginning
Release from POW campThe occasionally permitted postal card came from my father, as per Geneva Convention rules, with every possible space filled in tiny, tiny print. It was planned that when the time came to be released, ...
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01/01/1948
03/31/1949
Learning about America
I'm a refugee boy.My father's parents were now gone. There was no money for a family burial plot and my grandparents were buried in the plot of the Hämmerer family to which my grandmother belonged to by birth. I also ...
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04/01/1949
03/04/1952
The Ocean Crossing
The trip. The time period involved here is only 11 days. Yet, these were eventful days whose experiences are with me to this day. There were a lot of firsts. By nature I'm off immediately exploring the boat from top ...
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03/04/1952
03/15/1952
The fist few weeks in a new world
So this is AmericaWe were docked at one of the many slips at the foot of Manhattan and were picked up by Bruno Mayer-Rosa who was the husband of yet another Ellerkamp boyhood neighbor named Paula. I think they lived in a ...
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03/15/1952
04/15/1952
It's a series of events
See the chapters in chronological order of newest first below.
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12/01/1937
08/21/2008
My bike, my way around Philly
Life on 3rd St ends My paper route was doing well and I paid for the bike in rapid succession, week after week. My mom was not making much money in the store and my dad got sick from the chemicals in the cleaning plant. ...
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01/01/1952
12/31/1956
Freshman year
Teenage life - freshmen year. Life on Lawrence St had me learn the language and made me an American kid of German ancestry. I did what other kids did. I learned to speak fluently enough to get along with everybody. As ...
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06/01/1952
09/15/1953
The rest of the high school years
1953 Ok, I had a car before I had a license and my travels were somewhat restricted until I received my full permit. As every male knows, the process of receiving a driver's license is like the right of admission to manhood. ...
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09/01/1953
06/15/1956
Background as written by me
Dad was a master tailor. Schneidermeister in German. At 14 or 15 it was normal for young men to enter an apprenticeship for three or four years to learn a trade. They would then advance to the level of journeyman and were required ...
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01/01/1971
10/08/1976