The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and WWII
The Sterling/Rock Falls Historical Society will host Cydee Schaffer who will give a presentation on her mother’s service during WWII as a member of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC’s). The presentation takes place at the Lincoln Learning Center in Sterling and admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
Members of the Women's Army Corps (WACs) were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II. Cyndee Schaffer's mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie's letters written home during the war, this presentation provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history. This presentation details Mollie's experiences from basic training in October,1943 to the dramatic moment when the Statue of Liberty came into view upon her return in November,1945. It traces the footsteps of the women who served in London before D-Day and during the post D-Day German buzz bomb attacks. The WACs were transferred to Normandy, and then to Paris after its liberation by the Allies. After VE Day they served in Versailles. Finally, they traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Army of Occupation before returning to the United States.
Cyndee Schaffer collaborated with her 91-year-old mother to write a book based on the letters that her mother sent home while serving as a WAC in Europe during WW II. Schaffer is editor of the Midwest Writers Association's monthly newsletter. She received a BS in math education and has been a high school math teacher in the inner city of Chicago, IT consultant testing computer systems, and finally a published author.
The program is free, but donations are accepted.