Monthly Archives: February 2016

Halfway home

I am almost halfway home in sharing my family’s war with you. Although it’s Leap Year in 2016, it’s not in 1944. That’s why there’s no date posted today. It’s a day to take stock of what I started on … Continue reading

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The Gestapo comes to call

Monday Feb 28, 1944 After the Nazi rally, some officers came. I’ll let my father tell you the story through his picture and caption: “And Nazis stuck a big yellow spot on our home in Bonn and even came after … Continue reading

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“And then came Hitler!”

Sunday Feb 27, 1944 “And then came Hitler!” My father’s picture caption records the startling change he experienced in Germany. On January 30,1933 Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany. Shortly after, my father looked out his window and … Continue reading

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1932 Bonn, Germany

Saturday Feb 26, 1944 Back in Cologne, my father sported a newly-acquired beret. Inspired, he wrote in the caption, by Rembrandt, he took this moody picture of a card game. He and his friends have transferred now to study in … Continue reading

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1932 Gay Paree!

Friday Feb 25, 1944 Paris in 1932 looks virtually empty. My father and his friends walked the Champs elysees til they were exhausted. They visited the Louvre and the Tuilleries. At night, they visited what he called “that other cultural … Continue reading

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1932 Bike trip to Paris

Thursday Feb 24, 1944 In 1932 my father and his friends took a long bike trip to Paris from Cologne, where he had transferred for his studies. One bike broke down along the way but they repaired it and continued. … Continue reading

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Brooklyn boy in a German medical school 1932

Wednesday Feb 23, 1944 At first, everything went well for my father in Germany. He sent home a postcard with cheery details about settling in. Aside from studies, his life was a round of evenings in beer halls. He took … Continue reading

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