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From Rubble to Champagne

Vivianne Knebel was born illegitimate in 1943 in the epicenter of Nazi power, Berlin Germany. Her free-spirited and strong-willed mother, Marija fought to keep her alive among falling bombs and Soviet attacks. After the end of World War II, with much of Berlin razed to the ground, Vivianne came to know poverty and constant hunger.

As a teenager, she immigrated to Canada, but in her new homeland, times became so desperate that she had to beg for money to eat. after dropping out of school to find work, Vivianne became the victim of sexual harassment. Spiraling into depression, she attempted to take her life but was miraculously saved by a six-year-old child.

Falling in love with a fellow German immigrant, Wiland proved a pivotal turning point for Vivianne. He saw a wellspring of potential in her and believed that she could become more than she had ever imagined. They married and moved to the United States. In the land where so many immigrant dreams are built. Wiland encouraged Vivianne to pursue endeavors that would test her mettle, including piloting a plane, running a marathon, and taking on a key role in supporting his business enterprise. Vivianne‘s journey of personal growth later gave her the courage to battle cancer and embrace a spiritual life.

Through hardship, demoralization, yearning, searching, loving, inspiration, and growth, Vivianne has discovered the ultimate secret to a life well-lived: a grateful heart.

She published her life storyline in a book called,” From Rubble To Champagne”

Rising from the ashes of war-torn Berlin to a life of grace, beauty, and gratitude.

Vivianne is presently writing her second book, “Lessons Learned About Life and Love.”

Living with Intention and with Wisdom from Great Minds.

Vivianne is a writer, thinker, and lifelong student, based in La Jolla, California.

In her writing, she draws on personal experience and the wisdom of her mentors—poets, philosophers, and great thinkers—to pass along lessons on living a full life, aging well, and finding peace.

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