This anthology of autobiographical essays, in English and German, is written by academics and writers of German-Jewish background and presents a spectrum of emigration experiences from the Nazi empire of Greater Germany. When the authors succeeded in fleeing their homelands, they could take little money, they had few prospects, and they left behind families, friends, their native language, and ways of life. They were forced to enter into a world in which survival depended on the assistance of others as much as on their own ability to adjust to changes. Beyond their intrinsic interest as lived history, these retrospectives also point to experiences and problems that have been and will be shared by refugees from other times and other places.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. VIII, 219 pp.
Contents: Lauren Levine Enzie: Introduction – Guy Stern: The Americanization of Günther – Alex Page (Pollacsek): Under the
Nazi Shadow – Hilda Hertz Golden: On Becoming an American – Brigitte Hirschfeld Bodenheimer: My Life (selections) – Edith
Riemer: The Holocaust Experience – Philipp P. Fehl: Life Beyond the Reach of Hope: Recollections of a Refugee, 1938 – W. Ernest
Freud: Persönliche Erinnerungen an den Anschluß 1938 – Harry Zohn: Früchte des Vertriebenseins: Betrachtungen eines «Thirty-Eighters»
– John Heller: Memoirs of a Reluctant Capitalist (Selections) – Eva Schiffer: Sketches – Peter Heller: Preface to a Diary
on the Internment of Refugees in England in the Year of 1940 – Susanne Kirsch Friedmann: Memories of Our Wandering Years –
Elizabeth Welt Trahan: Walking with Ghosts: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Vienna (selections).