My Father’s Foresight

     After seeing the movie Into the Arms of Strangers, which dealt with the Kindertransport, I realized that, had it not been for my Father’s foresight, I could have been one of those children. I regret not having asked more questions while my parents were alive. I now want to put together the bits and pieces of my family history that I can recall, or for which I have documentation, so that my children and grandchildren will know something about their background.      My father was a physician in Nürnberg, Germany. When Hitler came into...

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Getting Started in the United States

     My parents’ passports, or immigration Visas, were issued in Stuttgart, Germany. They left Hamburg on the S.S. Albert Ballin on November 8, 1934, and arrived in New York on November 16, 1934. The ship’s manifest shows that my father was forty-four years old and my mother was thirty years old. Since my father always wore glasses, the manifest listed him as having “defective vision”. It also lists my uncle, Fritz Ehrman, who lived at Sultzbacherst. 80 in Nürnberg, as a close relative in Germany.      After they arrived in New...

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9/11 and the Holocaust

On 9/11 and in the Holocaust, So many lives senselessly were lost. These two events will live in History, So similar in many ways, The cause of each—no mystery— Both causing grief for many days. Though more than sixty years elapsed Since Hitler first tormented Jews To when the New York towers in flames collapsed And planes sent by Bin Laden first made news, Both were so terribly unfair, Caused by persons with evil intent, Yet in some ways one can compare One with the other, lives uselessly spent. Both were caused by persons with a greed for...

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