1945 Berlin Survivor to Speak in Rapid City

Ingrid Asvedo

Ingrid Asvedo

A young girl of 11 hides in the ruins of 1945 Berlin with her mother as the Soviet Army overruns the city in the final hours of the Third Reich.   Ingrid Radke-Azvedo was witness to the brutal atrocities that comes from revenge.  She will tell her story visually to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group on Saturday, April 9, at Ellsworth Air Force Base’s South Dakota Air and Space Museum, 9-1130 am (first half hour is social period).

Radke-Asvedo kept her tragic past silent even after coming to the US in 1958, sponsored by a California wine producer in Elk Grove just south of Sacramento.  Her memoir Out of the Rubble was published last year.

She will be introduced by LTC Chuck Childs of Rapid City who flew 37 combat B-17 missions against the Reich during WWII, and then flew in the 1948 Berlin Airlift, before heading off to the Korean War.

Phil Jensen


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