Anna Wimschneider

PFARRKIRCHEN, Germany– Anna Wimschneider, a grandmother whose memoirs about farm life during World War II became a best-selling book and hit movie, died Jan. 1 after a stroke.

She was 73.

Wimschneider became famous at age 64 after the publication of “Autumn Milk, Memories of a Farmer’s Wife,” which was written for her children and grandchildren about her marriage and the rigors she endured as a girl.

It was the only book Wimschneider ever wrote and has sold 1.6 million copies.

The book and movie earned Wimschneider more than $ 2 million, but she never changed her unassuming manner or rural lifestyle. She lived on her farm in Pfarrkirchen until her death.

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