By Lotte Strauss
Initially released in Germany in 1997, Lotte Strauss's Over the golf green Hill: own Memoir, Germany 1913-43, was once all started in 1975 as a letter to her daughter. It took two decades to write down the entire tale, and through then, used to be not a letter, yet a publication. Lotte Strauss was once born 12 months earlier than the start of worldwide conflict I. She spent her adolescence gazing how the temper of publish warfare Germany became anti-Semitic. The Gestapo got here for Strauss in the course of October of 1942, declaring that she was once to hitch her mom and dad on a 'resettlement' to the east. understanding that to conform, that to take such orders might have dire effects, Strauss controlled to slide out the door of her house whereas the Gestapo's recognition was once momentarily diverted, and make it to her husband, Herbert in Berlin. The Strausses, jointly, spent the following six months hiding in Germany, making plans for his or her break out, and carrying on with to stay clear of the Gestapo through simply seconds. In might, 1943, they controlled to slide around the Swiss border.
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Anger about this indignity left me deeply frustrated: first they killed the Jews and then they killed their memory. We could not leave the situation as we had found it; something had to be done. Our first step took us to the Catholic parish priest. He lived in the village beside the central church. His was a typical house, with a well-cared-for garden. The word neat came to my mind. This care for material things pacing my memories of murder were all I could think of. The priest was a punctilious man of middle age and as polite and noncommittal in manner as possiblea man, so he told us, who was new and without power in his congregation.
My great-uncle lived to be ninety years old and died before the Nazis began to deport the Jews to Eastern Europe. Both my grandmother and my great-uncle lived in the Jewish and the German cultures without feeling a break or contradiction. My grandmother's marriage produced four offspring in short succession: three sons and a daughter, my mother. She was called Johanna, nicknamed Hänschen, the diminutive form of Hans, a German boy's name. The boys' names were Ludwig, Carl, and Ernst. They left Salzkotten early to go to school, and for apprenticeships in commercial careers.
On an old map we own by Johann Baptist Homan of the eighteenth century of the Ducatus Brunsuicensisthe Duchy of Braunschweigmy hometown is shown as a large red dot surrounded by fortress-like outcroppings. The town sits astride a river flowing north, the Oker. The surrounding area is colored in light beige, an indication of a slight elevation; to the north one can observe a marked green line, running horizontally: the beginning of the North German Plain, all in green and extending all the way to the North and Baltic Seas.
Over the Green Hill: A personal Memoir, Germany 1913-1943 by Lotte Strauss