German woman travels through Bainbridge on solar powered bike

Published 6:17 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hannah Elsboff, who came through Bainbridge Sunday on her solar powered vehicle, was treated to a dinner in her honor at Laredo Grill hosted by former Lions District 18-C governors Jack and Georgia Taylor and Cotton Hester.

She talked about her love of travel and the Lions organization.

“I always felt that I needed more elbow room than I had,” she said.

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Hanna was born in 1942 in Northern Germany.

“I was just an infant when American armed forces put their life on the line for me and many others. My life was literally saved by them.”

She pointed out that many years after World War II, her father was called to her dying neighbors bedside.

“He confessed to my father that he had been a Nazi SS man and that he had gotten orders to load us on a truck, but just then the Americans came and the war came to an end,” Elsboff said. “We were not Jewish, but we belonged to an independent Lutheran church. We said prayers and my father would not salute the Nazi flag.”

Not only did American armed forces save Elsboff’s life, but she had the privilege in 1961 of immigrating to this country and enjoying living among the greatest and kindest people in the world, she said.

“I will be forever indebted to the them,” Elsboff said. “God bless the United States of America.”

During her journey through Georgia she stopped in Plains and had dinner with President Jimmy Carter.