By Renata Polt
Those letters to a cherished son and his relatives inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's lifestyles in Nazi-occupied Prague and support 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 relatives had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the USA. At every one step of how, her family members suggested Henriette to hitch them. yet within the face of what was once then just a obscure and, to many, incredible danger of hazard, she used to be unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial items she had collected over an entire life. As dwelling stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, although, Henriette started to have moment strategies. Her letters to her son and his relatives in Havana exhibit an more and more determined scenario because the stumbling blocks to flee fixed whereas residing stipulations eroded. eventually either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters offer a close photo of the lives of Jews in Prague throughout the conflict years: the evictions, the nutrients shortages, the concerns approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and rules, in addition to the courageous and joyful makes an attempt to keep up an ordinary existence and endure hardships. Henriette's letters additionally aid clarify why extra Jews didn't break out. As Renata Polt, Henriette's granddaughter, concludes, "Who may well think a Holocaust?" Translated, edited, and annotated by way of Polt and illustrated with intimate relatives snapshots, this e-book brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent historic questions on the reasons of Jews who stayed at the back of. Renata Polt is a free-lance author and movie critic residing in Berkeley, California.
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I still receive the national pension, but it is impossible to transfer it abroad. 25. Renate's fall on the hotel steps 26. Son of Mamina's brother Karl Page 19 What happened to the money, and who the "friend" was, is a mystery. In some cases people entrusted money to those about to emigrate and were betrayed by them. In other cases, Jews entrusted property to Gentiles, who in turn were found out by the Gestapo. What the "imminent tax surcharge" was is not clear either: in the Reich, a special income tax was levied on Jews in 1936, and a 15 percent surcharge was added on August 5, 1940.
One of Mamina's sisters who, with her husband Emil, had gone to London to visit their daughter and son-in-law a week before Hitler's invasion of Prague in March. Page 6 of advice for potential emigrants. On the question of what to take along, Wechsberg counsels as follows: Every careful immigrant will outfit himself for at least two years. It will take that long before he will be able to buy himself suits or underwear without wiping out his carefully constructed budget. He will have along a sufficient quantity of clothing, underwear, shoesbut also accessories, such as ties, colorful shirts and scarves.
48-1984. 1870. A thousand kisses : a grandmother's Holocaust letters / translated and edited by Renata Polt. cm. 207). 1870Correspondence. 2. JewsPersecutionsCzech Republic. Title. III. 53'18'094371ddc21 98-9066 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available JUDAIC STUDIES SERIES Leon J. Weinberger, General Editor Page v To my mother, and to the memory of my grandmother and my father You have always been in others and you will remain in others. And what does it matter to you if later on that is called your memory?
A thousand kisses: a grandmother's Holocaust letters by Renata Polt