Pamela Heyne Widell was born in 1941 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. When the war ended, Pamela moved with her family to Germany. Even at such a young age, she still has vivid memories of her childhood abroad. She describes her experiences witnessing the poverty in Germany, and her experiences as an American child living with luxury in a rebuilding country.
Pamela Widell went to Germany abroad a ship when she was a small child. When she first arrived in Germany, she saw a German girl, who wasn't wearing a coat, even though it was the middle of winter. She learned early on that the Germans were severely affected by poverty, like the other girls she played with had never seen nail polish before. Next to her school, there was a displaced persons camp and the other children at her school would make fun of them. As an adult, the war still impacted her when she learned about the Holocaust while attending college.