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A Thousand Kisses : A Grandmothers Holocaust Letters (Judaic Studies)
A Thousand Kisses : A Grandmothers Holocaust Letters (Judaic Studies) Polt, Renata 0817310177 9780817310172 Henriette Pollatschek was 69 years old when the Nazis marched into Prague, where she and her daughter had sought refuge after fleeing their Ge
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A Thousand Kisses : A Grandmothers Holocaust Letters (Judaic Studies) by Polt, Renata

Henriette Pollatschek was 69 years old when the Nazis marched into Prague, where she and her daughter had sought refuge after fleeing their German-held homeland in northern Bohemia. Henriettes son and his family had already escaped to Switzerland and later to Cuba and the United States. At each step of the way, her family urged Henriette to join them. But in the face of what was then only a vague and, to many, unbelievable threat of danger, she was unwilling to abandon her financial independence, her accustomed way of life, and the familial objects she had gathered over a lifetime. As living conditions for Jews worsened in Nazi-occupied Prague, however, Henriette began to have second thoughts. Her letters to her son and his family in Havana reveal an increasingly desperate situation as the obstacles to escape mounted while living conditions eroded. Ultimately both Henriette and her daughter perished.<P>Henriette Pollatscheks letters provide a detailed picture of the lives of Jews in prague during the war years: the evictions, the food shortages, the worries about livelihood, and the increasing prohibitions and regulations, as well as the brave and cheerful attempts to maintain a normal life and bear hardships. Henriettes letters also help explain why more Jews did not escape. As Renata Polt, Henriettes granddaughter, concludes, Who could imagine a Holocaust?<P>Translated, edited, and annotated by Polt and illustrated with intimate family snapshots, this book brings the horrors and dilemmas of the Holocaust alive in a moving, personal account while answering pertinent historical questions about the motives of Jews who stayed behind.

Author: Polt, Renata

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 216

Publisher: University Alabama Press

Publication Date: 1999-07-01

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