Dora and Edward are appalled when they finally wrest the toddler away from the Dictator to learn that her first spoken word is “Opa”, meaning “grandfather” in German. The child is referring to HItler.
Lawrence was of course British, and that clinched it. I had to give him a secretary, or adjutant, to observe the action. That led to the creation of Edward Ware, the main male character and the hero of my series of novels about World War I and World War II. No American would work here. We didn’t enter the war until 1917, and our troops arrived even later.
In my novel he kidnaps a little girl from England and then proceeds to convert her to his way of thinking. Thomasina actually likes “mein Vati”. And before that she calls him “Opa”, or grandfather in German. In fact, it’s the first word that Dora and Edward, her biological parents, ever hear her speak.