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By Renata Polt

ISBN-10: 0817309306

ISBN-13: 9780817309305

Those letters to a cherished son and his kinfolk inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's existence 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 shelter after fleeing their German-held place of origin in northern Bohemia. Henriette's son and his relations had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the us. At each one step of ways, her kin advised Henriette to affix them. yet within the face of what used to be then just a imprecise and, to many, unimaginable danger of possibility, she used to be unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial items she had accumulated over a life-time. As residing stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, although, Henriette started to have moment recommendations. Her letters to her son and his relatives in Havana exhibit an more and more determined scenario because the hindrances to flee fastened whereas residing stipulations eroded. finally either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters offer a close photograph of the lives of Jews in Prague through the warfare years: the evictions, the nutrition shortages, the troubles approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and rules, in addition to the courageous and joyful makes an attempt to keep up an ordinary lifestyles and undergo hardships. Henriette's letters additionally support 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 through 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 old questions on the causes of Jews who stayed in the back of. Renata Polt is a free-lance author and movie critic residing in Berkeley, California.

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The language and many other things too will cause you problems at first, especially the strange foods, but I hope the children will become accustomed to it and regain their appetites. I will try to send these lines by the quickest possible route in order to have an answer soon; up to now I have simply written via New York, since there is no air mail service from here, and everything goes via Berlin. Ella writes from London that she has never in her life been so cold as since the beginning of their involuntary stay; the weather is constantly cold and stormy.

But for the moment one can't even think of that. I must also find out whether Frantisek has made out my tax form; you wanted to give him the copies that we made out together in Lucerne, didn't you? This yearthat is, since I have been here in PragueI have not yet received any request for tax payment, and so I am sure I still have much to pay. , so one has to have much patience before one can even think of taking a journey. For now I would just be happy if I could send off the lift8everything depends on the missing document.

That will be a holiday, and from then on I will again be able to depend on regular mail; the days are so empty without any signs of life from you. However, since the day before yesterday and for the next six weeks I have a change of pace three times a week in the form of an hour of devotion at the Cloister of Emmaus with Father Heinrich, a good friend of Onkel Fritz's and his regular visitor in earlier times. Tonscha goes too, as well as ten others, gentlemen and mostly ladies. The old Father tells stories from the Bible in a very wise and totally natural manner, also general doctrine, partly on a philosophical basis.

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