Annelee Woodstrom, author and award-winning teacher, welcomes you to her website.

Please take time to learn more about her autobiography written in two books:
If you would like to order a book,click here.

To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact Annelee through her e-mail

Dear Annelee,
Thank you SO much for your wonderful presentation in Wahpeton last month!  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your memories and was impressed with your knowledge and your humor.  I have read and watched a lot of WWII books and programs - but it was so very interesting to hear about if first hand from someone who lived through it.  More importantly, to listen from the perspective of a young teenager going through the horrors of Hitler and WWII.    I loved how you shared memories of your parents and how they taught you not to hate – that must’ve been difficult during that time.
Thank you for sharing your story of falling in love with an American GI and coming to live in America - another challenge in your life since you only knew a few words in English!  What a strong and amazing woman you are, thank you so much for sharing your very interesting and important story with us!  I have read your book “War Child” and look forward to reading “Empty Chairs”
Wahpeton, ND

Dear Annalee,
I'm teaching Chemistry at Ada-Borup High this year. 
I enjoyed and was invigorated today by your talk and presentation. One of my very few processions is a treasured autographed copy of War Child given to me by my mother.
Annalee, today you opened eyes and exposed the horrors of war (and natural disasters and drunken driving) to an audience that needed to hear your message
While simply ending your presentation with the last powerpoint slide would have been one of my personal highlights of the year,
your honest and frank discussion of poverty, sex, and the human condition during the question time can only be described as courageous, honest, and  brilliant!
Annalee, thank you for being honest and having the courage to tell your story.  In an era of where our beloved America is involved in constant war,
your message is an oasis in the desert.  Thank you!!!!!
I took a few minutes to gauge reaction in my 2 chemistry classes and the responses from the kids were extremely positive.
Thank you for being you and willing to share your story.  More importantly, thank you for being honest!
Much love and respect,
T. S., PhD.

THANK YOU for presenting to the students and staff at Ada-Borup on Tuesday this week!
Annelee Woodstrom spoke to the Ada-Borup students in grades 7-12 and I truly feel that it was a great presentation for all of the students to hear.
Annelee did a marvelous job of explaining the status of Germany before the official beginning of World War II,
including the economic conditions, as well as her family stories about this difficult time within the country.
Students were very attentive throughout the entire presentation and they felt a strong connection
to the stories of her family and personal difficulties during the war.
Annelee did a wonderful job in the presentation of explaining many key topics of the war,
the causes of the war and many key events of World War II.
The presentation was very well organized, Annelee spoke clearly for all of the students to understand
and her question/answer session at the end of the day could have lasted a lot longer as many students had more questions.
Thank you for your time at Ada-Borup High School and for bringing the history of our past into the living of today!
We are very fortunate to have you in our community!
Ada-Borup Social Studies Teacher

Last year, Annelee Woodstrom visited my school and told her story of living in Nazi Germany, I was moved. Not only did she live through it, but she also took it a step further and thrived, getting married and becoming a teacher, the job she dreamed of. Afterward, I had the chance to meet and speak with her, and she is absolutely brilliant. She is not only strong for making it through, but even stronger because she managed to keep hold of who was is; a youthful, strong-minded, sweet women who knows what she believed in. It was a joy to have her visit and share her ample experience and well-founded opinions.

When Annelee Woodstrom came and talked to our class last year, she opened up a part of history that I never realized existed. I knew World War II occurred, and logically I knew it had an effect on the non-Jewish German population. I never realized all that the German citizens had went through before, during, and after the war. Annelee Woodstrom’s personal storied helped me to see the plight that many German families went through in a relatable way. I thank her for that.

I am so happy I got to meet you! I really enjoyed your book. I’m glad you could come and share your story with us. It’s truly incredible that you’ve been in America for 67 years! It’s great! Your book really put Adolf Hitler, WWII, and the Holocaust into perspective for my class. Your presentation was also fantastic and included information not found in your book. You’re so kind and caring. Thank you so much for coming; I was honored to be in your presence. Thanks so much.

Thank you for coming and sharing an amazing story of your life. I am not really a reading, but when I started to read your book I could not put it down. It was an amazing book and I can’t wait to read your next one. For me reading the book was good, but when you read some parts out of the book it was like a whole new thing. I was speechless, almost if I was right there in Germany with you. Thank you for coming into our class.
T. B.

Dear Annelee,
Since I first read your books I have tried to retell your heroic story, but never have I felt a connection with the students like I did the day you graciously told your story to my students. We tried to prepare for you visit with research on Hitler's Germany but I didn’t think any of us were prepared for your story to come alive through your words. After you left I asked my students what they thought about your visit and they declared “it was the best history lesson ever” I am so thankful that you were able to tell your story. Not only to my students but also to every person that reads your books. You are truly an inspiration; your visit is something my students (as well as myself) will never forget. A teachers dream come true “engaged students” and I have you to thank for that.
Bless you Annelee, Respectfully
P.H. (Teacher)

Dear Mrs. Woodstrom
I can’t possibly thank you enough. Your visit to our classroom was the first time history came alive for my classmates and I, and it was absolutely aspiring. It really was an honor having you speak to us would say thank you a thousand times and it still wouldn’t be enough. For the sake of space however, once will have to suffice. Thank you so very much for sharing your time and your story with my fellow students and I.
M.T. (Student)

Annelee’s 45 minute presentation on War Child is centered on Hitler's indoctrination machine used in Germany during World War II as experienced by ordinary German citizens, surviving the war and finally, Annelee's difficult decision to leave her homeland.  Her improved PowerPoint program includes new photos of Hitler’s regime.  Annelee will gladly answer any audience questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Annelee’s presentation on Empty Chairs focuses on the challenges of leaving Germany to come to America, becoming a new bride who literally doesn’t speak the same language, overcoming her homesickness, learning to speak, write and think in English and adopting foreign customs.  Annelee also tells about going to college to fulfill a dream, losing her daughter in a tragic accident, Kenny’s illness and death, and her ability to survive through it all.  Again, Annelee is happy to answer questions from the audience.

Anneliese Solch was born in 1926 and grew up in a small town in rural Bavaria, Germany.  She saw the rise of Hitler and WWII through youthful eyes.  She was 19 years old when Germany surrendered in May, 1945.  In 1947, Annelee came to the United States to become the bride of a Minnesota GI who had befriended her family immediately after the war ended.  She has lived the last 60 -plus years in small town Minnesota.

Annelee has two books about her life experience:    "War Child" is an Award Winning book about growing up in Hitler's Germany.  It has recently been reprinted.    "Empty Chairs" is about her 60 years in the U.S., with abundant re-connections with the Germany of her youth.
Both of these books can be ordered online at:

Contact Information:

  Annelee Woodstrom, 2014

Tuesday, January 26th,  2016
Discovery Middle School 830 a.m.l
Fargo, ND  58104

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Rogers Middle School,  8:30 a.m.
Rogers, MN   56374

Friday, April 15, 2016
Belgrade Public Library 2:30 p.m.
Washburn Avenue
Belgrade, MN 56312

Friday,  May  13, 2016
STMA High School 12:30 p.m.
Albertville  MN 56207

October 22-23 2015
Monticello, MN
Community Day

Tuesday, January 26th,  2016
Discovery Middle School 830 a.m.l
Fargo, ND  58104

October 22, 2015
6pm at the:
Monticello High School Media Center (5225 School Blvd. Monticello MN 55362)

October 23, 2015
10 am st the:
Monticello Community Center
(505 Walnut St.
Monticello, MN 55362)

September 23, 2015   11:30 a.m.
Red Door Art Gallery
418 Dakota Avenue
Wahpeton, ND

May 20th, 2015 7:15pm
Grand Forks

May 14th, 2015
Wahpeton Middle School 10am

May 6th, 2015
East Grand Forks Library

May 1st, 2015
GandhI Mahal Resturant
3009 27th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-5222

April 18, 2015
Hallock Library
1:30 pm

Friday, March 27, 2015
Stevens High School MN
1:00 pm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Ada-Borup High School MN
10:00 am

Thursday, March 19, 2015
One Oak Place Fargo ND
1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Discovery Middle School Fargo ND
10:00 am (Students)
1:00 pm (PTA)

March 6 - 8, 2015

2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum



I will be speaking on the 8th between 11:30 and 1 pm

Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:00 pm - Halstad High School

Thursday, February 19, 2015
10:00am - Crookston High School

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
10:00 am - Bagley Library
79 Spencer SW
Bagley, MN

1:00 pm - McIntosh Library
115 Broadway NW
McIntosh, MN

4:00 pm - Gonvick Link Site of the Agassiz Regional Library
170 Main Street
Gonvick, MN

Thursday, October 2, 2014
2:00 pm - Mahnomen Library
203 S. Main Street
Mahnomen, MN

6:30 pm - Fosston Library
403 Foss Ave North
Fosston, MN

Friday, October 3, 2014
1:00 pm - Hawley Library
421 Hartford Street
Hawley, MN

5:00 pm - Frazee Link Site
of the Agassiz Regional Library
305 N. Lake Street
Frazee, MN

Recommendations and References:

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) had Annelee Woodstrom speak to us in the winter of 2009.  Mrs. Woodstrom delighted the audience with her wit and wisdom.  She did a wonderful job of presenting her life story and the history of World War II.   We highly recommend her program and her books for anyone who is involved in history, humanities, and peoples' stories.


Dear Annelee,
   Thank you so much for presenting to Lifelong Learners in Park Rapids and for being patient about the follow up.  We were so pleased to have 54 people attending that day.  It was wonderful.  Thank you so much for coming.
   We have everyone fill in evaluation sheets after each program as you know.  All of them came back with Excellent circled. 
   Some of  the comments were "Such a heart-breaking and powerful story...", "Excellent PLUS", "I wouldn't have missed this for anything.","What an inspiring life...and how honored are we that she shared...","You couldn't have had a better program.", "Her attitude regarding life is outstanding - we can all learn valuable lessons from her.", "...what a marvelous spirited women!", and "Thank you for sharing."
   A board member's wife wrote ausgezeichnet!" I'm sure that means something good. She is a really nice person. That does mean 'excellent', doesn't it? 

LuAnne White
Program Coordinator
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning
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