Berta Nielson discusses life in Germany in the post-World War I period and the impact of economic factors upon her life and that of her family. She describes her parents in detail and pays special attention to her father's reputation as a woodcarver. She notes in detail wartime experiences in Germany, the loss of her aviator husband in Russia, confrontations with SS officers and conquering American soldiers. The frustration of her career aspirations as a veterinarian also comes through. She mentions how Germans felt about Hitler and the aftermath of the war. Her experiences in America and particualrly in Fort Knox are discussed in detail. She also relates her feelings upon visiting Dachau after the war. Partial transcript available.