Overcome and Prosper

Author Interview
Vivianne Knebel Author Interview

From Rubble To Champagne shares your personal story as a child in post WWII Berlin to young adulthood as a struggling German immigrants, to marriage, family and fulfillment in the U.S. Why was this an important book for you to write?

There are many heart-wrenching German Holocaust stories. A story that hasn’t been told though is, with post-WWII Germany in ruins, the horrific challenges that everyday citizens and families faced, and how I was a young girl dealt with them.

I wanted to write about all the challenges I faced and conquered and show people that with positivity, perseverance, and determination we can overcome and prosper.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

I think the hardest thing to write about was when I reflected on the lowest point of my life when I attempted to end it.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

I hope my story will serve as an inspiration for anyone who feels defeated and suppressed. My hope is that the reader will draw life lessons from the past. The horrible human aggression of war.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

I wish someone would have told me that life is the most precious gift. That life is not static, it will change and things get better.

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Vivianne Knebel was born illegitimate in 1943 in the epicenter of Nazi power, Berlin, Germany. Her free-spirited and strong-willed mother, Marija, fought to keep her alive among falling bombs and Soviet attacks. After the end of World War II, with much of Berlin razed to the ground, Vivianne came to know poverty and constant hunger. As a teenager, she immigrated to Canada, but in her new homeland, times became so desperate that she had to beg for money to eat. After dropping out of school to find work, Vivianne became the victim of sexual harassment. Spiraling into depression, she attempted to take her life, but was miraculously saved by a six-year-old child.

Falling in love with a fellow German immigrant, Wiland, proved a pivotal turning point for Vivianne. He saw a wellspring of potential in her and believed that she could become more than she had ever imagined. They married and moved to the United States. In the land where so many immigrant dreams are built, Wiland encouraged Vivianne to pursue endeavors that would test her mettle, including piloting a plane, running a marathon, and taking on a key role in supporting his business enterprise. Vivianne’s journey of personal growth later gave her the courage to battle cancer and embrace a spiritual life.

Through hardship, demoralization, yearning, searching, loving, inspiration, and growth, Vivianne has discovered the ultimate secret to a life well lived: a grateful heart.

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