Kurt Reiner originally put his story, and that of his wife, Hennie, to paper accepting his responsibility to convey witness to the Holocaust. It is a story of a very young couple subjected to the Nazi reign of terror, performing everything in their power to escape Austria and find their way to America. In that light, it demonstrates the immense importance that America holds for refugees attempting to flee despot nations.
If you are Jewish or come from an immigrant family, this story captures your soul and inherently conveys our moral obligation to take decisive action against bigotry and anti-Semitism.
A TRUE STORY THAT PROVIDES PROFOUND EVIDENCE THAT A COMBINATION OF LUCK, LOVE, PERSEVERANCE, AND DIVINE INTERVENTION WAS THE REQUISITE FORMULA FOR SURVIVAL DURING THE HOLOCAUST.
An accurate account of how Viennese Jews were physically and emotionally impacted pre- and post- March 12, 1938, Nazi invasion of Austria (the Anschluss).
The memoir dramatically conveys the problems Jews confronted in attempting to emigrate to America and elsewhere with little or no financial resources, blocked borders, and multiple incarcerations. The Reiner's travails are sequentially stated and transformed into objective characterizations that allow the reader to follow their path and empathize with their extraordinary difficulties. The book is especially visceral because each risk taking adventure or romantic interlude or escape from imprisonment or death can be actualized by the reader.
Dozens of original source documents (retrieved from Kurt Reiner's personal collection) plus footnotes and public domain pictures appear concurrently with the narration as testimony to the truthfulness of each event.
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