S02 E06 – Freeing Rapunzel: Toni and Lisa interview author, Anne-Christine Witzgall, who was raised in an abusive home
Podcast: Here’s Your Red Flag
Freeing Rapunzel: Anne Witzgall On How Trans-Generational Trauma Can Be Holding You Back From Living Your Best Life
Article by Lewis Schenk
How to Write a Difficult Memoir: Freeing Rapunzel by Anne-Christine Witzgall
I loved reading this memoir. It was heartfelt and wonderfully written. The author did a fantastic job of bringing to life the plight of living in such an intense environment.
Once I started it, I could not put it down.
Anne-Christine Witzgall was born in West Berlin, five years after the wall had been erected that separated West Germany from East Germany. Growing up, she realized that the abuse within her family echoed the abuse one nation, Germany inflicted on a continent – indeed, on the world. From an early age, she tried to understand the shadows of her past, what had led to the Third Reich and as a consequence the Holocaust, and became aware of the trauma that was transferred to her and her generation.
In 2005, she immigrated with her family to the US. She recently became a Life Coach specialist (annelifecoaching.com) and teaches German at an international public charter school in Los Angeles that she co-founded. She loves to write and got a certificate in writing from UCLA Extension in 2021. She holds a master’s in Journalism and a minor in Psychology and Sociology from the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.
Freeing Rapunzel (Red Penguin Books) is Anne’s first book. Her memoir is about how she escaped the shadows of her family’s Nazi past during the cold war era in West Berlin, Germany.
Interview with Anne by Stephanie Larkin, Red Penguin Books
We are very honored and grateful that Freeing Rapunzel is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Library collection at the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles.