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Celebrating Hellenic Authors: Constance M. Constant
Constance (Connie) Constant discusses her book, American Kid: Nazi Occupied Greece through a Child’s Eyes
Many books written about WWII come to us primarily from generals, prime ministers, diplomats, and revered historians who never personally lived through occupation. Yet, childhood war experiences add a dimension to history different from other points of view. American Kid shares the authentic and universal story of fear and frustration faced by all innocent civilians trapped in wartime occupied countries. This book is a memoir of an American child’s growing-up in viciously occupied, Nazi-dominated Greece. John, his mother, and two older siblings are trapped in 1940 Greece when family plans for a shorter visit are altered by unexpected circumstances. John’s unforgettable recollections reveal a true story of his mother’s courage, their family’s sparse village survival on Lakonia’s Mt. Parnon, and years of fear-filled interaction with Nazi soldiers. Michael Dukakis writes, “This book is an eye opener on the kind of brutality that the German army imposed on the people of Greece.”
Constance (Connie) M. Constant, a graduate of Chicago’s De Paul University and retired elementary school teacher, has always been fascinated by history. Her books reflect both her vocation and her avocation. Austin Lunch, her first book, colorfully relates how two children witnessed their hardworking Greek immigrant parents’ integrity and resolve in encountering the hardships of being early 20th-century newcomers to the U.S. and then surviving the Great Depression of the 1930s. In American Kid, Constant reveals a child’s-eye-view of his courageous mother’s agony and strength of mind in struggling to ensure her American children’s survival during World War II in Nazi-occupied Greece.