By Arthur O. Klein
An Unplanned Roundtrip recounts writer Arthur O. Klein's transition from lifestyles in a center category Jewish domestic in prewar Thirties Vienna to a brand new existence as an American citizen after serving within the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps in 1947. starting with the access of Adolf Hitler into Vienna in March 1938, Klein's memoir information the next separation of his kin in August 1938 as he and his father have been pressured to go away his mom and sister and flee to Luxembourg and their eventual reunion in September 1939. Klein describes relocating via France, Spain, Portugal and Cuba earlier than arriving within the U.S. in early 1945, the place he used to be instantly drafted into the U.S. military. His memoir encompasses a description of his education as a different Agent of the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps and of his eventual discharge after a major motor vehicle coincidence in West Germany in December 1946.
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S. S. immigration visa. , consulate during the many visits they made in the weeks leading up to May. Finally on May 20, 1941, my father received a letter which proved to be completely worthless, and could be considered by some neutral observer as counterproductive and even sadistic. I will explain. There were, in 1940, approximately 300,000 Jews in metropolitan France, half of them with French citizenship (and the others foreigners, mostly exiles). About 200,000 of them, and the large majority of foreign Jews, lived in Paris and its outskirts.
In mid-June, the news about the fall of Paris became official. We also learned that Fascist Italy’s Benito Mussolini had joined victorious Germany in the “Coup de Grace” by declaring war on Great Britain and France. The Italian army then actually invaded France by penetrating into France a few kilometers and occupying a narrow strip of France along the Cote D’Azur near Nice. ” This name was retained even after Japan entered World War II to form an alliance with Germany and Italy. The continuing stream of bad news in the following days included the news of the nomination of Maréchal Pétain as president of France (now called l’état Francais).
The newspapers now contained only German-controlled news. Other radio news became less frequent and more difficult to receive. The local cinemas showed propaganda newsreels extolling the conquering German troops with battle scenes showing their military victories. These newsreels were, of course, designed for building up the morale of the German people, and not for our consumption. In every one of these newsreels long lines of British and French prisoners of war were being marched back from the front, sometimes with their hands resting on their helmets, while newscasters announced one new victory after another.
An Unplanned Roundtrip by Arthur O. Klein