Maria Ritter is the author of three books, most recently The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale (2018). “Wilhelm” is an allegorical coming-of-age travel adventure that inspires thinking about good and evil, tolerance and acceptance while helping readers learn about the importance of valuing other cultures.
In each of Dr. Ritter’s three books she uses storytelling to help her readers make sense of the world around them. Return to Dresden, (2004), an autobiographical reflection on her childhood in Germany during and after World War II, is a healing memoir that confronts national guilt for the Nazi past.
On the Path and Other Wanderings, (2015), is a collection of poems and stories on people, animals and encounters. These rhymes and musings, short stories and reflective memories can inspire others to search their own attics and archives of memory for keepsake treasures.
Dr. Ritter is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She also is a graduate and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center.
She and her husband, Winfried Ritter, enjoy their family, their five grandchildren, traveling, writing, music, and their Dachshund, Penelope.