herbs and mushrooms, she ended up in no mans
land. After an incredible escape from a Russian death
trap, she stood on freedoms ground in Western Germany.
Though she did not know Him through those times, God kept
His hand on her life.
Finding Jesus Christ as her Savior and
Lord in Western Germany, from there, in 1955, Hansi came
with her family to the United States. She experienced extreme
culture shock, but slowly learned to love America and its
freedom, which she at first could not understand. She became
a citizen of what she declares today the greatest
nation in the world and she is proud to be an
American by choice.
Hansi taught for several years in American schools, and
drew recognition for her work with high school dropouts
and troubled teenagers. In response to requests, she began
to tell about her experiences. She soon recognized the call
of God upon her life, which has resulted in her traveling
to many countries and all over the United States telling
what Christ has done in her life and of her deep appreciation
Today, Maria Anne Hirschmann is the author of several books;
her top bestseller is her autobiography: Hansi, the Girl
Who Left the Swastika. The book sold more than 400,000 copies
in the English language and has been translated into many
other languages, including a Russian and Polish translation.
Hansi and Betty also wrote several Bible study books.
Hansi is the recipient of several honors, including the
Daughters of the American Revolution American Medal, a similar
gold medal from the Sons of the American Revolution, and
the distinguished Service Citation from the International
Christian Endeavor Society.