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

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, 2007
Upcoming engagements:

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