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

By Renata Polt

Those letters to a loved 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 previous whilst the Nazis marched into Prague, the place she and her daughter had sought shelter after fleeing their German-held fatherland in northern Bohemia. Henriette's son and his relatives had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the U.S.. At every one step of how, her relatives prompt Henriette to hitch them. yet within the face of what was once then just a imprecise and, to many, incredible risk of chance, she used to be unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial items she had accrued over an entire life. As dwelling stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, in spite of the fact that, Henriette started to have moment recommendations. Her letters to her son and his kin in Havana display an more and more determined state of affairs because the stumbling blocks to flee fixed whereas residing stipulations eroded. finally either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters supply an in depth photo of the lives of Jews in Prague through the conflict years: the evictions, the nutrients shortages, the troubles approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and rules, in addition to the courageous and pleased makes an attempt to keep up a standard existence and undergo hardships. Henriette's letters additionally support clarify why extra Jews didn't break out. As Renata Polt, Henriette's granddaughter, concludes, "Who may think a Holocaust?" Translated, edited, and annotated via Polt and illustrated with intimate relatives snapshots, this publication brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent old questions about the reasons of Jews who stayed in the back of. Renata Polt is a free-lance author and picture critic dwelling in Berkeley, California.

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Also, Peter would have a better chance of learning the language there than in the bosom of the family in Paris, where they always speak German. From Moravia I received the pleasant news that Hanne12 is engaged; three weeks ago she met a young Scotsman, a reporter for some English newspapers, who instantly fell in love with her, and the wedding is already scheduled for May. This is all the more joyful for her parents, as they have already sold their property and are thus without any living, the leases having been canceled too; now they hope that this will make it possible for Mädi13 to get to England.

Now I would love to be rich; how many there are to be helped!

The time that I have been without news seems endless to me; it isn't actually so long, but time crawls along so joylessly. We are all in good health except that I have caught my annual cough, the first since I've been in Prague, but just for that it is all the more tenacious. Of course it is almost always cold, windy, and dusty, but that's something one can't change. Tomorrow is the first of May. Where you are, it must be good and warm by now. I am eager to know whether you have met some Page 11 of our countrymen yet; I have heard of whole masses of people who are there already or want to go.

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