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Author Information: Ilona Herisko



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Ilona Herisko was born and raised in Leipzig. At the age of fourteen she joined her mother and stepfather as a vaudeville performer, and during the war years she traveled extensively through Europe as an entertainer in variety shows. Much of this was for the entertainment of German troops and was required by the government. In 1945 when American troops entered Leipzig, she was hired as a performer by the 21st Army Corps special services. In 1947, she married an American sergeant and came with him to the United States as a war bride.


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