By Renata Polt
Those letters to a cherished son and his family members inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's existence in Nazi-occupied Prague and support clarify why a few Jews stayed in the back of. Henriette Pollatschek used to be sixty nine years outdated whilst the Nazis marched into Prague, the place she and her daughter had sought safe haven after fleeing their German-held fatherland in northern Bohemia. Henriette's son and his kinfolk had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the U.S.. At every one step of ways, her kinfolk steered Henriette to affix them. yet within the face of what used to be then just a imprecise and, to many, unimaginable possibility of risk, she was once unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial items she had accumulated over an entire life. As dwelling stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, despite the fact that, Henriette started to have moment techniques. Her letters to her son and his relations in Havana show 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 a close photograph of the lives of Jews in Prague in the course of the conflict years: the evictions, the nutrition shortages, the concerns approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and laws, in addition to the courageous and pleased makes an attempt to take care of a regular 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 might think a Holocaust?" Translated, edited, and annotated through Polt and illustrated with intimate relations snapshots, this booklet brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent old 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 have been told that Mamina was artistic, poetic, and good with her hands. " To me she seemed imaginative, playful, and yet somehow mysterious and slightly reserved. Whereas Mamina was small, her daughter, my Tante (Aunt) Lene Fürth, was large-boned and tall. Though not conventionally pretty, she was renowned as a fashionable dresser and a captivating personality: When she entered a room, my mother said, people stopped talking and took notice. She, too, was known to be artistic; but since we did not often get to the Fürth home in nearby Nestersitz, Lene remains for me more a name than a person.
Hanne's sister 14. A former neighbor from Aussig. Willi and Paul were her sons. Page 8 As for the lift, the complications continue; in fact, they are multiplying as the permitted articles are further and further restricted. Thus, for example, a family can take along not more than fifteen kilos of silver, naturally after paying the fee. How little that fifteen kilos is you can barely imagine. 80. Everything else, the bowls too, would have to remain behind, or instead of sending them, I would have to get some smaller, lighter ones.
Before that, family and friends thought my father crazyliterally so, in some cases. Mamina, normally an intelligent and perceptive per- Page xv son, had told my mother the previous summer that, though she hated to say it of her own son, she thought he was having delusions and should be hospitalized. Later in the fall, after Munich, Mamina and Lene, together with about twenty thousand other Jews, fled from the German-held area to Prague. Lene's husband, Eugen (nicknamed Putz), had gone to France to be with his ailing parents.
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