By Renata Polt
Those letters to a liked son and his family members inform the poignant tale of 1 woman's lifestyles in Nazi-occupied Prague and support clarify why a few Jews stayed in the back of. Henriette Pollatschek was once sixty nine years previous 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 U.S.. At every one step of ways, her kinfolk advised Henriette to affix them. yet within the face of what was once then just a obscure and, to many, incredible risk of chance, she was once 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, besides the fact that, Henriette started to have moment suggestions. Her letters to her son and his relatives in Havana demonstrate an more and more determined scenario because the stumbling blocks to flee fastened whereas residing stipulations eroded. finally either Henriette and her daughter perished.Henriette Pollatschek's letters supply a close photograph of the lives of Jews in Prague in the course of the conflict years: the evictions, the nutrients shortages, the concerns approximately livelihood, and the expanding prohibitions and rules, in addition to the courageous and joyful makes an attempt to keep up a typical existence and endure hardships. Henriette's letters additionally aid 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 by way of Polt and illustrated with intimate kinfolk snapshots, this booklet brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a relocating, own account whereas answering pertinent ancient questions about the factors 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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Josef Morák, an attorney, also referred to as Dr. M 7. This refers to attempts to transfer some of Friedrich's funds abroad, where he could have access to them. 8. A lift was a huge wooden crate large enough to contain a whole roomful of furniture. Page 3 sary things for myself: silver, rugs; as for linens, I already sent my good things in the other shipment; a simple, practical, lightweight bed, mattress, bedding. I've sold your bedroom furniture with the heavy beds but will send you the children's brass beds, which are very light, and your beautiful newly covered mattresses and whatever else by way of small, practical furniture there is room for.
I am so eager to hear how everything is in your household; do write in as much detail as possible. My most heartfelt kisses for you all, Your Mamina May 20 My dear son, Today unfortunately I must tell you of something highly disagreeable that happened to a good old friendher grandchildren call 23. Germans from Germany proper Page 17 her "Mamina"and her daughter. Because they were afraid, living alone, to keep cash in their apartment, they entrusted this cash, in fact a substantial amount, to a good friend, who, because of his background, family etc.
Lene is a good, brave person and a great support for me; we will endure, whatever may still come. It is a great comfort to me to know that the children are so good and make everything easier for you. Today is a beautiful spring day, and you will be lying in the sun and, I hope, enjoying yourselves. This morning after I had read your letters, I went to the Botanical Garden. Because of the early hour, it was still very quiet, and I consoled myself with the thought that if this springtime miracle has taken place, despite everything that has happened to us here, then finally another miracle will come too, for which we must all wait and hope.
A thousand kisses: a grandmother's Holocaust letters by Renata Polt