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In the Shadow of Love: Stories from My Life Paperback – May, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564743934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564743930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,381,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Science to War Time to Love—Stories from a Life

Walter Meyerhof was born in 1922 and was raised in Germany. His roots were Jewish, but he and his siblings attended the Lutheran church. His father was a prominent physiologist who won the Nobel Prize the year that Walter was born. As he grew, Walter too became interested in science, but the one he chose—or the science that chose him—was physics, a passion that would last a lifetime. Now a professor emeritus at Stanford University, he still has the microscope his parents gave him as a boy. He describes that instrument with the same respect and awe as he feels for the two-mile-long linear accelerator in the Stanford hills.

That microscope is one of several "artifacts" that have inspired the reminiscences in In the Shadow of Love—Stories From My Life, a warm collection of autobiographical essays. A photograph of his mother, his father’s pocketwatch, letters written in haste…these all serve to bring the author’s memories into focus. What unfolds in these pages is a long life full of wonder, danger, hard work, love, and accomplishment.

Growing up in Germany during those years was not easy for a young man with a Jewish "background." Walter Meyerhof and his family experienced the growth of Nazi bullying, until finally they left for friendlier countries. Walter became a student in France, but then France too fell under the shadow of Nazi occupation. Part of the book tells of the Foreign Workers Camp where he had to put in his time, and of his eventual escape to Portugal, a hair-raising adventure of lost and faked documents, near capture, and the heroic and generous help of an American named Varian Fry, who helped many refugees escape Vichy France. By the time Walter was able to join his parents in Philadelphia, he had already been through more danger than most men face in a lifetime.

His years in America were devoted to academic accomplishment and to learning about life as a young man. He delicately and respectfully recounts a couple of his romances. Then, in the summer of 1947, he took a trip to England, and met a young woman named Miriam. They’d actually met as teenagers; she had called him a "dumb ape" when he asked to go out with her. But this time love took over, and the couple was engaged within a matter of weeks. That love affair has lasted more than fifty years.

Now Walter Meyerhof is retired, after a forty-three-year career as a Professor of Physics at Stanford University. He is co-directing the Varian Fry Foundation Project to educate the young about Fry. And he’s writing the stories of his life. In the Shadow of Love leaves us with the fond impression of an elderly man who takes walks and stops to have conversations with an elderly dog named Sam. Sam is a good listener, and Walter Meyerhof is a good storyteller.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
During the Hitler period, a number of extraordinary immigrants came to the USA, fleeing certain death because of their Jewish ancestry or religion. The USA did not make it easy for them to get in. Our society was extremely anti-semitic itself at that time. As a result, only the most promising people managed make the jump.
Walter Meyerhof, who was the son of a Nobel prize winning scientist and who later went on to become a physics professor at Stanford, was one who made it out and made it here. Like many refugees, he was not actually Jewish, but had Jewish ancestry.
The book consists of a number of short vignettes about Meyerhof's life. The vignettes are not really connected into a single narrative as one would expect from a biography, still one does get a picture of the flow of his life.
The book's account of Meyerhof's flight from Hitler is understated, but the sense of the closing of the horrifying vice of death still comes through.
Meyerhof's tales of his encounters with romance are also fascinating in giving us a window into how such things happened even before the "free love" generation.
The book does leave us with many questions about the parts of the author's life that are missing. Still, the parts that are there are well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on November 4, 2002
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Walter Meyerhof has written something really special. When I read his book - which I did in one 'go', as it was quite impossible to put it down - I felt really privileged to have entered his world and seen something of the joy he has obviously found in his life. INSPIRATIONAL was a title which came immediately to me as the title for this review. INSPIRATIONAL is what this little book is. Thank you, Professor Meyerhof, for showing us the way!
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By Jean-Marie PAEPEGAEY on December 28, 2014
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This is what I expected
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