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This post is the tragic heart of Refugee Tales. It is the story of what happened to my maternal grandparents, Olga and Bruno Guttmann, who never made it out of Vienna as the Nazi regime closed in on the Jews. … Continue reading

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The Cummington Story–correction

Correction:  Youtube address for The Cummington Story should read: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HHbC7o8xOQ

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The Cummington Story

    After D-day in June of 1944, when American troops began to move through Europe, the U.S. Office of War Information set up an Overseas Film Division to produce a series of short documentaries.  As one of the directors described … Continue reading

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Crafting Survival

   At the end of my last post, my father’s sister Helen and her husband had acquired a car soon after the end of their arduous journey to the U.S. Judicious financial arrangements made beforehand had clearly eased their entry. … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Voyage

Until the spring of 1940, the members of my family who had arrived in England believed they were safe from Hitler’s designs on the Jews. From April on, however, as the German leader, in a matter of months, successfully invaded … Continue reading

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My Father’s Passport

My father was obsessed with the news. He interrupted meals to listen to the broadcast of WQXR’s bulletins “every hour on the hour.” He read the The New York Times daily and fussed about keeping the pages in correct order … Continue reading

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The Missing Architect

The discovery I alluded to in my last post–”Vienna on the Vistula”—came my way by sheer chance. In 2004, working on a paper about Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession, I paged through Eduard Sekler’s monograph on Joseph Hoffmann. Perusing … Continue reading

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