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Local artist with an interesting story

Modified: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Photo/Pat Mitchell. Some of Gertrud Goetz's work, including the Platte County centennial plate design, is displayed on the bulletin board in her studio.

WHEATLAND – Few Wheatland people can say they lived down the street from an infamous person but local artist Gertrud Goetz can – Adolf Hitler. But that's later on in her story.

Life began for this lady in 1927 in Mannheim, Germany. Born to a father who opened up offices for businesses, her childhood was spent in different cities all over Germany.

"My parents thought I hung the moon and I was not going to be a secretary in somebody's office," Goetz said. Her talented mother started her drawing at three or four and dad designed airplanes as a hobby.

She is writing her early life’s chronology and reading it is fascinating! In Germany, at 14, students either go to a trade school or to a higher form of education, depending on their score on a single exit test. Goetz went to the gymnasium (no, it's not like the gym where basketball is played; that's what the German equivalent to high school is called).

For the complete article see the 05-01-2013 issue.

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