Anneliese Heider Tisdale

Christmas Trees Lit the Sky


My life started in Munich, Germany and I lived there through World War II. The war robbed me of my childhood and adolescence. After the war, I worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Military Government and came to the United States as a war bride. On November 20, 1950 I became a U.S. citizen. I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Iowa and taught in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa school system for almost 30 years. I raised three children as a single parent in an era when that was not in vogue.

After retirement, my family encouraged me to write about my life in war torn Germany. My first book, Christmas Trees Lit the Skywas published in November 2012.

I now live in Cedar Rapids with my husband Jim. Currently I am writing the next book about my experiences in my adopted country. Jim and I enjoy spending time with our combined families of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


10 thoughts on “About

  1. Loved your book. Congratulations!!!

  2. Karen Higgins on said:

    I learned so much about the families that had to live in war torn country. My grand parents came from Germany. I very much interested in the history of Germany. I loved your book Christmas Trees lit the Sky and looking forward to your next book.

  3. Paula Hartman on said:

    I am half way through your book and I needed to tell you how much I am enjoying it! I visited my family’s Bavarian villages in April for the first time and I can’t tell you how much the experience has meant to me. Your book with Bavarian customs, food, recipes and your life experiences of Germany has made me feel even closer to my Bavarian heritage, so a big THANK YOU Mrs. Tisdale for the blessing of this book!

  4. Paula Hartman on said:

    Oh, and I want to mention that I am an Iowa neighbor just down the highway in Anamosa!

  5. Hi Anneliese…so happy to land here. I followed Kirt…whom I love!! And I am glad that I did. Congrats on your book…great great accomplishment. .and good luck with your current project!!! Blessitude ..Lorrie

  6. Dorlies von Kaphengst Meissner-Rasmussen on said:

    Hi Anneliese, I was wondering what would be the best possible way to contact you?
    -Thank you,

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Originally from Finland, Parisienne by marriage. Happy mother of a happy daughter. I have traveled in more than sixty countries for pleasure and work. Love cooking, restaurants and food markets. Design and architecture catch my eye. This blog is about everyday life in Paris, past memories converted into travel stories and new adventures.

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