Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany

Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany


The agonizing correspondence among Jewish kin ensnared within the Nazi grip and their American relatives

only a week after the Kristallnacht terror in 1938, younger Luzie Hatch, a German Jew, fled Berlin to resettle in ny. Her rescuer used to be an American-born cousin and industrialist, Arnold Hatch. Arnold spoke no German, so Luzie fast grew to become translator, middleman, and suggest for relations left at the back of. quickly an endless move of determined requests from German family made their technique to Arnold’s desk.
 
Luzie Hatch had faithfully preserved her letters either to and from far-flung kinfolk in the course of the global conflict II period in addition to copies of letters written on their behalf. This awesome assortment, now housed on the American Jewish Committee data, serves because the framework for Exit Berlin. Charlotte R. Bonelli bargains a vantage aspect wealthy with old context, from biographical information regarding the correspondents to historical past on U.S. immigration legislation, stipulations on the Vichy internment camps, safe haven in Shanghai, and plenty of different themes, hence remodeling the letters right into a riveting narrative.
 
Arnold’s letters demonstrate an surprising facet of Holocaust heritage. His are the responses of an “average” American Jew, suffering to maintain his personal enterprise afloat whereas additionally supporting dozens of family trapped abroad—most of whom he had by no means met and whose deathly scenario he couldn't absolutely understand. This publication contributes importantly to historic realizing whereas additionally uncovering the dramatic tale of 1 besieged relations confronting unbelievable evil.

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