Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Germans Sue for Peace? Not!

Monday, Nov. 29, 1943 Good news for my parents! Good news for all parents! The Eighth Army has burst through the Nazi line on the Adriatic while Russians have cut Nazi lines on their western front. Whatever Americans think of … Continue reading

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In the Bosom of the Family

Sunday, Nov. 28, 1943 Grim as life was in 1943 for most of the world, America was still a true haven for the oppressed — well mostly so. The Japanese citizens in internment camps might not have agreed. But Abe’s … Continue reading

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The Refugee Run-around, 1943

Saturday, Nov. 27, 1943 Back in March, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple pleaded with the British government to provide a haven for European Jews. His words are as cogent in 2015 as they were in 1943: “We at this moment … Continue reading

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Black Friday, 1943

Friday, Nov. 26, 1943 If you’ve been watching BBC’s “Home Fires,” about the Womens Institute during WWII, you’ll remember the thrilling scene that ended the first season: Hearing thunderous noise, the WI members rush out of a meeting and look … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: a holiday of, by, about, and for refugees

Thursday, Nov. 25, 1943 Today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the observance of the holiday that celebrates refugees. Yes, Thanksgiving honors the day is 1621 when one group of refugees, the Wampanoag, honored another group, the Pilgrims, as the New … Continue reading

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Refugees no more

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1943 I like to picture us pulling up today to my grandparents Victorian-era white clapboard home in Connecticut. I like to picture Lois’ parents running out to greet us and meeting me for the first time. I … Continue reading

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Refugees then and now

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1943 I picture my family in their small dust-covered car somewhere in Pennsylvania now. I’m in a canvas cot in the back seat – no seat belts in those days! Without interstate highways, travel is slow. Maybe … Continue reading

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