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Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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The author's extensive research into US and world events to provide a context for those letters, and the additional information she gained from traveling to Europe to interview descendants of the letter-writers, provides the reader with facts about contemporary US history, the depression, immigration law, the US economy, conditions in some other countries to which Jews fled, and more. At the same time, the book is a study in the lost art of letter writing. In today's society we rely on instant communication, such as email and text messaging, and a delay in a response of more than 5 minutes causes the sender to wonder if the message is being ignored. The author beautifully shares with us a time in which sending a letter to a loved one sometimes meant an 8 week delay until you knew it was received; a time when postage was so expensive relative to income, the sender, desperate to be sure a response was not delayed because of the cost, might enclose the return postage. Set in the context of trying to flee for their very lives, such a wait must have been harrowing.
This book was beautifully written and easy to read. It was more than a collection of letters. It was a book that everyone should read in order to learn more about what these few people in the US knew was going on in Europe as the Holocaust was brewing and in full swing, and what these few people tried to do in their own small, but large, way. As I read, I could almost hear the words being spoken. Schindler's List told the story of one man trying to rescue as many people as he could from the inside. Here is a story of one woman, with the help of her cousins, trying to rescue them from the US. Steven Spielberg, take note!
This book should be mandatory reading when learning about the War and its beginnings.
When Luzie passed away in 2001, my coworker, Lisa Brennan and I assisted Roger Blane with the formidable task of of settling her Estate. In my opinion, the most daunting task was cleaning out the studio apartment in Forest Hills where she lived for more than fifty years. The closets and cabinets were full of very old and interesting items. Among the typical contents one would expect to find, were the unexpected, such as newspaper ads from the 1950's and 60's, issues of "Look" magazine, and Pan Am travel bags, blankets and pillows, an homage to the days when air travel was glamorous. There were also vestiges of the frugality of her generation, so unlike my own, such as bakery string, used paper bags and condiments from take-out food.
Her apartment was hot and uncomfortable, cluttered with the personal effects of a woman, whom, I learned while reading "Exit Berlin", was more extraordinary than I imagined. Our goal was to clean out her apartment as quickly as possible so that we could surrender it to the landlord. Unbeknownst to any of us, amid the clutter, therein contained a goldmine of great historical significance and value. Priceless artifacts, that could've easily been lost forever, if not for the brilliance and benevolence of Roger Blane.
Roger was excited as he contacted the AJC about the letters he found. A few years later, he told me a book was being written based upon Luzie's letters. We joked about who would be cast in the role of Luzie in the movie version. Fast forward, years later, "Exit Berlin" is published. Roger offered the book to me on many occasions, which I consistently declined. I was busy working, teaching and taking classes. I didn't think I would find it interesting. I was wrong. This book is extraordinary. It is well-written and informative. Charlotte Bonelli has resurrected Luzie through her writing, effectively demonstrating Luzie's strong will and resourcefulness to secure safe passage out of Nazi Germany for her family; a formidable feat for anyone, but especially for a young woman, alone in a foreign land.
I recommend this book for the many facts of Nazism and the war which I have learned from reading it. However, the lesson of greater importance is that evil and insurmountable obstacles can be overcome with sheer determination, hard work and perserverance.
My gratitude to Charlotte Bonelli for writing this book and to Roger Blane for his foresight to donate Luzie's letters to enrich and educate the minds of our generation and the minds of future generations.
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