By Eleanor H. Ayer
She was once a tender German Jew. He used to be an ardent member of the Hitler formative years. this can be the tale in their pareallel trip via international conflict II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck have been born quite a few miles from one another within the German Rhineland. yet their lives took significantly varied classes: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to a excessive rank within the Hitler Youth.
While Helen used to be hiding in Amserdam, Alfons was once a enthusiast believer in Hitler's "master race." whereas she was once filled in a livestock motor vehicle sure for the dying camp Aushchwitz, he used to be a tennage commander of frontline troopes, able to struggle and die for the honor of Hitler and the place of birth. This booklet tells either one of their tales, side-by-side, in an overpowering account of the nightmare that was once WWII. The riveting tales of those impressive humans needs to stand as a robust lesson to us all.
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Whether his friend told Fred of the outbreak of diphtheria and he decided to ignore it, or whether she failed to mention it is now forgotten. But the girl did come to visit him. Naturally, our cousins with whom Fred was living got very upset, for she might well have spread the disease. He had to move to one of the refugee camps around London and wait there until his visa for the United States arrived. American visas were not easy to arrange. The United States had a quota system—it would admit only a certain number of immigrants from each country.
I was a happy teenager like my girl friends, with one exception. After high school I went on to the university, something my mother never understood. She wanted me to get married as early as possible. My future husband, she said, must be German-Jewish and RICH. ” He was thirty-two I was sixteen and absolutely not interested in this old man, so I behaved in an obnoxious manner. I did not want to get married—then or later. I wanted to study and maybe to teach. I wanted to spend the evenings with my friends.
All across Germany the scene was the same. Terror rained down upon the Jews as Nazis took to the streets with axes, hammers, grenades, and guns. According to reports from high Nazi officials, some 20,000 Jews were arrested, 36 killed, and another 36 seriously injured. Thousands of Jews were hauled to concentration camps during Kristallnacht. There many died or were beaten severely by Nazi guards who used this chance to take revenge on a hated people. The “official” reports showed 119 German synagogues had been set afire on Kristallnacht and another 76 completely burned.