Homage to Hugo Rothenberg. A Humane Man in all Circumstances
Ruth Hess-Neubeck, born in Berlin 1918, ceased in St. Paul (Minnesota) 2018
It was the darkest hour, so it seemed to us, of German Jewry, when I had an idea. “Why not call Uncle Hugo in Copenhagen?” I said to my mother, “perhaps he can help things in some way.” We had deposited my father in a hospital the day before in order to get him out of the way of roving storm troopers who were rounding up Jewish men to be transported to concentration camps. This was the aftermath of the attempt to kill a German attaché by a Jewish refugee in Paris, an event which the Nazi organizations took as their cue to demolish homes, burn synagogues, manhandle the Jewish population in general, and take males of all ages away to camps. While our civil liberties had long been restricted and our personal freedom and safety been in danger at all times, never before had there been such an out-and-out effort to hurt, threaten, violate, if not completely destroy us. And so we were not only afraid, we were in panic. I was 19 years old at the time. I wanted to live, I wanted to help … and so Uncle Hugo came to mind.
Aus: Ruth Hess-Neubeck Homage to Hugo Rothenberg. A Humane Man in all Circumstances St. Paul (Minnesota, USA), etwa 1985
Ruth Hess – Neubeck und ich sind 1998 in St.Paul, Minnesota, USA, übereingekommen den Bericht von Ruth Hess – Neudeck über ihren jüdisch – deutsch – dänischen Onkel auf meiner Website einzustellen.
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