"Memoirs of a 1000-Year-Old-Woman" is a vivid retelling of a girlhood spent in the turmoil of the Third Reich. Written in an unaffected, straightforward style, it should appeal both to a popular readership and to scholars interested in the daily texture and minutiae of the period, particularly in regard to women and girls.
The book covers the years from the author's earliest memories to the end of the war, arranged chronologically.
It combines anecdote and recollection with quotations from contemporary news sources, song lyrics, and other supplementary material as well as photos.
Through the chapters the reader is brought step by step from a girlhood troubled only by the sorts of personal upheavals suffered in every life, through the gathering tension and little-understood adult preoccupations with the growing threat of war, to the young woman whose life seems to have lasted 1000 years within the compass of the "1000 Year Reich" itself.