New Book, 'It's Midnight in Berlin', Shows Finding love in Post-Enemy Territory
After World War II ended, more than 50 percent of Berlin had been destroyed. As an American civilian, Pat McMann Gilchrist was sent there to help set up and work for the U.S. Military Government of Germany.
In her new memoir, "It's Midnight in Berlin", Gilchrist retells her story of being a 22-year-old venturing away from home for the first time. Conveying a unique first-hand look into Berlin post-war, combined with a fate-driven romance, this book showcases how Gilchrist unexpectedly met her future husband in very unusual circumstances.
"I was young and left home with a sense of duty," Gilchrist said. "My late husband was in the Army and we met in Headquarters Command in Berlin. I never thought I would leave Germany as a married woman."
Filled with true stories and letters sent back home, the author reveals the risk, reward and love she found abroad.
"I talk about all the funny and serious situations my husband and I ran into while working in Germany," Gilchrist said. "Ranging from getting thrown in jail for kissing in public, to making a wedding dress out of a parachute, my book illustrates the chaotic life after the war."
A great story for every-aged historian, "It's Midnight in Berlin" encapsulates friendship, travesty and love that can be discovered in unlikely places.
About the author
Pat McMann Gilchrist grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a civilian with the U.S. Military Government in Germany right after the end of World War II and, while there, married Lt. Bob McMann, The couple raised three children in Virginia. When Bob died after 26 years of marriage, Pat ran his Allis Chalmers lift truck business. In 1990, she married Denny Gilchrist, a retired Navy captain. They are living in Richmond, V.A., and together have a large family of several children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.