By Desider Furst
Following the Nazi annexation of Austria in March of 1938, Desider Furst, his spouse, and his daughter all of sudden chanced on themselves hunted outlaws, holders of a German passport branded with a pink "J" for Jewish. They escaped from Vienna and at last settled in England, the place they spent the conflict years as "enemy aliens." In 1971 they emigrated once again, this time voluntarily, to the us. house is in different places is a dual-voice autobiographical narration by way of father and daughter, recounting the family's displacements, hindrances, and repeated reversals. The studies documented listed here are commonplace of many relevant Europeans whose lives have been appreciably and painfully laid low with the Nazis. This book's originality lies in its narrative structure and its revelation of what happened the "lucky" ones simply at the margins of the Holocaust.
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Teta stayed until I was five, although by then I was going to a Montessori kindergarten in the mornings. I loved playing with the other children and the splendid messes we made with paint and plasticine. When I came home at lunchtime, Teta would strip me to the skin and put a whole set of fresh clothes on me. She was opposed to the kindergarten, believing that I would only pick up germs and bad habits. My mother took no notice of her grumpiness or her insistence on changing my clothes: if she wanteo to do all that extra washing, let her!
What a let-down! He was a candidate for the "Blood Order" for his past activities for the Nazi party. He used to talk about his dream of a unified German Empire that would be respected by the whole world. Now he had been warned not to criticize the leading Nazis and the Party, and threatened if he didn't follow the Party line. " It was a complicated and expensive business to get permission to send one's belongings out of the country. Accurate lists had to be made, in triplicate, with a description of every item.
My wife gave him her candid opinion, with which he fully agreed. Another of our patients, a bank manager, once arrived late for his appointment, full of apologies. He had a curious excuse. His parents already had converted from Judaism to Christianity, and he had been brought up a Christian, and so had his children. Life would be easier for them. There were many families like his in Vienna. He admitted, though, that he somehow felt most comfortable with his Jewish friends. His thirteen year old son, Thm, who had many Jewish friends, had found out about his Jewish background, had become an ardent Zionist, and insisted on becoming a Jew.