For Gerda Zimmermann, born in Germany in 1927 and raised in Hamburg from the age of 3, World War II hit hard, as fire-bombs exploded the world of her early teens.
“Life changed drastically,” the Las Vegas resident recalled, saying that the devastation transformed “children into workers, boys into soldiers ... so life was always work, work, work. The Nazis put us to work when there were air raids. We had to find places or even dig ditches for children to take cover. We had to go to the train stations to help refugees, feed them, carry their baggage.