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This is a daughter's account of her father. The Jewish family owned a leather store in the picturesque German town of Freiburg. Max Mayer feels deeply rooted in German society. An enthusiastic World War I veteran, he is entirely caught by surprise when the rise of the Nazi party brings unimagined changes to attitudes among his neighbors and friends. After a brief incarceration in a concentration camp, Mr. Mayer and his wife flee Germany via Switzerland to make a new life in New York City. He eventually returns to a Freiburg nursing home that today bears his name. The Author’s account chronicles her relationship to her father and the effects the violent changes had on him. Often remarked upon, Mrs. Paepcke's prose carries a tension between literary distance and her family relationship to the man she chronicles. A special feature of this first English edition is a letter Mr. Mayer wrote in 1938 to his then three-year-old grandson Peter. The letter explains to the future adult that in spite of the hateful noise around him, his Jewish grandmother is a fine woman. The letter is poignant in that the existence of a Jewish grandmother often decided a grandchild's fate during the terror regime of the time.
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Book Description Dresl Publishing, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0991415523