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A thousand kisses: a grandmother's Holocaust letters by Renata Polt

By Renata Polt

Those letters to a liked son and his family members inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's lifestyles in Nazi-occupied Prague and aid clarify why a few Jews stayed in the back of. Henriette Pollatschek used to be sixty nine years previous whilst the Nazis marched into Prague, the place she and her daughter had sought safe haven after fleeing their German-held place of birth in northern Bohemia. Henriette's son and his family members had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the us. At every one step of how, her kinfolk recommended Henriette to affix them. yet within the face of what used to be then just a imprecise and, to many, unimaginable risk of risk, she was once unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial items she had amassed over a life-time. As residing stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, even if, Henriette started to have moment techniques. Her letters to her son and his family members in Havana display an more and more determined state of affairs because the stumbling blocks to flee fixed whereas dwelling stipulations eroded. finally either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters offer an in depth photograph of the lives of Jews in Prague through the struggle years: the evictions, the foodstuff shortages, the concerns approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and laws, in addition to the courageous and joyful makes an attempt to keep up a standard lifestyles and endure hardships. Henriette's letters additionally aid clarify why extra Jews didn't get away. As Renata Polt, Henriette's granddaughter, concludes, "Who may possibly think a Holocaust?" Translated, edited, and annotated by means of Polt and illustrated with intimate kin snapshots, this ebook brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent historic questions on the explanations of Jews who stayed at the back of. Renata Polt is a free-lance author and picture critic residing in Berkeley, California.

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I understand her very well, but you mustn't believe that we are happy here. Nobody, without exception, can do anything but envy you. That the children are often bored is something I can understand; they miss school, but now you have your house and your garden, and everything will surely get better. Do you go to the beach? I am so eager to hear how everything is in your household; do write in as much detail as possible. My most heartfelt kisses for you all, Your Mamina May 20 My dear son, Today unfortunately I must tell you of something highly disagreeable that happened to a good old friendher grandchildren call 23.

We lived in comfort, if not luxury: skiing vacations in the winter, trips to the mountains in the summer, the usual number of domestic servants for people of the upper middle class at that time and place. Mamina, as mentioned, spoke Czech, as, to a lesser extent, did my father; my mother spoke a few words only, and at home, my parents, my brother and I spoke German. From about the twelfth century, Germans as well as Czechs had lived in the border provinces of Bohemia. Aussig (in Czech, Ústí nad Labem Page xii [Ústí on the Elbe]), had been predominantly German from at least the seventeenth century.

His "involuntary excursion" was imprisonment by the Nazis, March to April 1939. 5. A cousin 6. Josef Morák, an attorney, also referred to as Dr. M 7. This refers to attempts to transfer some of Friedrich's funds abroad, where he could have access to them. 8. A lift was a huge wooden crate large enough to contain a whole roomful of furniture. Page 3 sary things for myself: silver, rugs; as for linens, I already sent my good things in the other shipment; a simple, practical, lightweight bed, mattress, bedding.

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