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ERIKSSON, Brigitte
ERIKSSON, Brigitte Sept.13, 1932 Ð June 21, 2017 Brigitte Eriksson was the wife of the late Yves Eriksson and mother of Mayte, Anya and Peter. She was grandmother to Anyas three daughters, Kimberly, Nicole, and Heidi, who called their grandmother 'Omi.' The only child of an American mother, Norma Mueller, and a German father, Dr. Raimund Lorenzer, Brigitte grew up in and near Munich, Germany. She was adventurous and intellectual, and had a rich childhood. She married an American, Yves Eriksson, and after World War II, they came to the United States, where she became a citizen. She and her husband traveled much before gravitating to the West and then to California, where they lived in many locations. Intellectually restless, Brigitte was swept up by the Womens Movement. She allowed her children a great deal of freedom as she became well educated and explored New Age thinking. She became a high school teacher of German and a college professor of English and Womens Studies. Brigitte came to devote herself to an East Indian guru and spent 10 years in an ashram dedicated to its selfless pursuits. There she was given the spiritual name Malini. This religious journey was instrumental in coming to terms with growing up in Hitlers Germany, the persecution of the Jews in her home country, and a Nazi father who was otherwise such a loving man. Brigitte (Malini) later returned to the Los Angeles area, where she was a special education teacher until her retirement. Malini remained devoted to mind-broadening studies and the local ashrams spiritualism until her last days. She also wrote a book, From 'Heil Hitler!' to Om Shanti , that reveals a rich life filled with family, friends, and deep thought. She is missed by her wide circle of friends, family, associates, and her constant companion in her late years, Alba, the cat.

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