Remembering Mollie on her Birthday

Today, Mom would have been 99. We miss you, Mom and love you. Thinking back to her last birthday celebration on July 19, 2011 and happy times with family. Mom was so excited to be able to tell her story in “Mollie’s War” as a WAC in WWII








Mollie’s War and Women’s History Month

It’s been a wonderful and productive Women’s History month for “Mollie’s War” as we’ve traveled across Illinois from Johnsburg to Belleville to Batavia and lots of places in between telling Mollie’s story and the history of the women who served in the Army during WWII.   I’ve met lots of interesting people and so many people who have a connection to WWII.   One woman told about her mother who graduated high school during WWII and was given a temporary teaching certificate so that she could teach in her small Illinois town where they needed teachers.  Another woman told me about her career as a WAC and how it turned into a career in civilian life.   A man talked about being a history teacher and not knowing very much about the WACs and what they did in the military.  Some female college students who were returning Veterans were just fascinated by Mollie’s story.  Several people commented that they did not know that WACs went overseas.  For me it was a real treat to speak to an Army Reserve unit in Forest Park.   Meeting these Soldiers and interacting with them about my mother’s story made me so appreciate all the sacrifices that my mother and all of these Soldiers make every day.

Presenting “Mollie’s War”

I had a wonderful time presenting “Mollie’s War” to Autumn Green at Wright Campus a few days ago.   All of the WWII Veterans in attendance told me how much they enjoyed it.   One of the women who had been a WAAC/WAC said how relevant it was for her and brought back so many memories.   She was someone whose skills learned in the military helped her with a career in data processing… and she became the head of data progressing for a large company in Oregon.   (Data processing—that was a long time ago!)   She bought a copy of the book for her daughter.

For Two Cents, I’d Marry You

Today would have been my parent’s 69th anniversary.   Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.  Their love story was a story for all time….

My mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer met my dad, Jack Schaffer, after the end of World War II. She went on a blind date with Jack on New Year’s Eve 1945 which was set up by his sister who believed they would be a perfect match.

“After their second date, Mollie said to Jack, ‘For two cents, I’d marry you.'” Jack promptly gave Mollie two cents and within three weeks of their first date, they were married in Chicago.

They remained married for 54 years until Jack’s death in 2000 at the age of 92.  Mollie passed away in April 2012 at the age of 95.

Small business Saturday, November 29, 2014

Please join me as “A Book Above” bookstore celebrates small business Saturday on November 29, 2014.  They will have local authors talking about their books and selling their books.  I will be there from 10 am to noon.  A Book Above is located at 136 W. Vallette #6 in Elmhurst (southwest corner of York and Vallette Roads).  Hope you will be able to stop by.

5 Star Review from Reader’s Favorite

Reviewed By Michelle Robertson for Readers’ Favorite

Readers often only read about the men who served in World War II. What about the women? There were 150,000 women who served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. Come learn of one such brave woman as she served in England, France, and Germany. She tells of her adventures from basic training in Daytona Beach through to the day she approached the American shore line to return home. Come read a firsthand account about the crucial time in America when a woman, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, put on a uniform and became a vital part of history. Mollie’s War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe written by Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, Cyndee Schaffer, and Jennifer G. Mathers is a collection of correspondence from Mollie Weinstein Schaffer and her family and friends as she ventured overseas with the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

Mollie’s letters are simply astonishing. A reader can expect to get a very vivid mental picture of the lifestyle, environment, and events of a civilian girl and military woman during the 1940s. Each letter is a memorable treasure. Mollie talks of the simple pleasures of a young girl such as dances, boyfriends, proposals, and then more serious issues such as getting into the duties of a military female; transcribing Nazi Experimental Data; aiding refugees and citizens of the war in Europe, and missionary work. Reading this incredible historical memoir, a reader can expect to be engaged thoroughly with the pure raw emotion and imagine it as it happened that day, as well gain a deeper perspective on Mollie Schaffer’s experiences, both personal and work related. Mollie’s War would be appreciated by readers interested in history, war, historical women, or the 1940s.

Article about Mollie’s War in North Shore Weekend Magazine

Please read the article in today’s North Shore Weekend magazine about Mollie’s War and my continuing effort to bring the history of the WWII women in the military, in general, and my mother, in particular, to libraries and organizations statewide (Illinois). It is on page 8. Thank you to Simon Murray for a wonderful article and Joel Lerner for great pictures.