By Renata Polt
Those letters to a loved son and his relatives inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's existence in Nazi-occupied Prague and aid clarify why a few Jews stayed at the back of. Henriette Pollatschek used to be sixty nine years outdated while the Nazis marched into Prague, the place she and her daughter had sought shelter after fleeing their German-held native land in northern Bohemia. Henriette's son and his kinfolk had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the USA. At each one step of how, her family members instructed Henriette to affix them. yet within the face of what used to be then just a obscure and, to many, unimaginable danger of risk, she used to be unwilling to desert her monetary independence, her accustomed lifestyle, and the familial gadgets she had accrued over a life-time. As dwelling stipulations for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, even though, Henriette started to have moment innovations. Her letters to her son and his family members in Havana show an more and more determined state of affairs because the stumbling blocks to flee fastened whereas dwelling stipulations eroded. eventually either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters offer an in depth photograph of the lives of Jews in Prague throughout the struggle years: the evictions, the nutrition shortages, the concerns approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and rules, in addition to the courageous and pleased makes an attempt to keep up an ordinary 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 well think a Holocaust?" Translated, edited, and annotated via Polt and illustrated with intimate relatives snapshots, this ebook brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent old questions on the factors of Jews who stayed in the back of. Renata Polt is a free-lance author and picture critic residing in Berkeley, California.
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Now good-bye for today, many kisses, Your Mama April 20 My dearest children, I hope that the tornado which, as we read in the newspapers, rages so terribly, has not influenced your journey and caused any delay, because by today you should have solid ground under your feet, and your cable might arrive. You can imagine how I yearn for it. 12. Hanne Goldmann, a cousin 13. 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.
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. . Bring only the finest of the fine! If necessary, one can always buy cheap articles, but expensive ones are out of reach when one has to calculate in dollars. . Bring along nothing that is un-American and useless. Almost all apartments have built-in closets; therefore it would be costly and pointless to bring wardrobes.
I am terribly excited to hear how they behaved on the trip and how your new home impresses them and you. My neighbor, Mrs. Friedländer,14 is all alone now; Willi and his wife, who went to England and have stayed there, got Paul in too before the door was closed, as now there are no more possibilities for emigration. I hope that will soon change. Now good-bye for today, many kisses, Your Mama April 20 My dearest children, I hope that the tornado which, as we read in the newspapers, rages so terribly, has not influenced your journey and caused any delay, because by today you should have solid ground under your feet, and your cable might arrive.
A thousand kisses: a grandmother's Holocaust letters by Renata Polt