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By Gerd Korman

Fleeing the Nazis within the months sooner than international battle II, the Korman kin scattered from a Polish refugee camp with the wish of reuniting in the USA. the daddy sailed to Cuba at the ill-fated St. Louis; the mum left for the USA after sending her sons on a Kindertransport. one of many sons used to be Gerd Korman, whose memoir follows his personal path—from the family’s deportation from Hamburg, via his time with an Anglican kin in rural England, to the family’s reunited existence in long island urban. His memoir plumbs the depths of twentieth-century heritage to rescue the impressive existence tale of 1 of its survivors.

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That’s what we understood it to be when we moved in and tried to cope with its cold walls and cement floors. Although there were rough wooden bed frames—each with straw mattress, sheet, and scratchy blanket—we three and some others had to settle for a couple of blankets and two straw sacks on the floor, which remained cold even at midday. Our nights were communal; men, women, children, and babies all slept together. Who undressed? Here Mutti, now a tigress, took charge. A reserved Jewish middle-class wife and mother, she soon realized that her married life had been shattered by this expulsion, which, in the perspective of Zbaszyn, had been foreshadowed five years earlier with the political murder of her heroic brother, Oswald Laufer.

Here in Nadnia he was a mover. It was with pride that I walked alongside him that day, the cobblestones wet and slippery, to 47 48 some house where, in a room furnished with religious objects and prayer books, he and I worshiped together for the first time since we had been imprisoned in Zbaszyn. Manfred and Mutti were not with us, probably because that Sabbath Manfred was still recovering from a whooping cough that had dragged on for many weeks. We were fortunate that his was the only serious illness among the four of us.

The letter for Pappi had arrived too late—perhaps. ” The French refused “any Poles at all. . No one wanted the ‘Statenlos’ [stateless], and equally avoided those with no evidence of prospects in the United States. . The Belgians and the Dutch in particular felt that things were not going as planned or in accordance with the original agreement that each country would accept a proportion of the undesirables. The upshot was that in the end neither Belgian nor Dutch took the original agreed quotas.

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