Mutti’s Little Helper

"Mutti, I had a bad dream." I ran into my mother and father's room crying, "Bunny" in tow, holding him by his already de-fleeced ears. "Ach, Em! You and your bad dreams! You're going to have to stop this!" Mutti said, as she sleepily rose from the bed and put on her...

Letter from Cuba – Part X

(This post is a continuation of my father’s letter explaining his “reason for emigration,” which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 10 of 10.) Because we had set the packing appointment for November 7th, 8th, and 9th, we could not leave earlier to pick up our...

Letter from Cuba – Part IX

(This post is a continuation of my father’s letter explaining his “reason for emigration,” which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 9 of 10.) Because the original papers were in Rudolfstadt, the official only needed to look through the copies list, which only...

Letter from Cuba – Part VIII

(This post is a continuation of my father’s letter explaining his “reason for emigration,” which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 8 of 10.)   We ordered passage on the Hapag ship, “Orinoco,” for November 26th, 1938, which departed from Hamburg, outer cabin Nr....

Letter from Cuba – Part VII

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 7 of 10.) We had sent our application for emigration to the US embassy in Berlin on August 23, 1938. A few days later--on August...

Letter from Cuba – Part VI

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 6 of 10.) On the occasion of our trip to Berlin, my wife Ruth had made the acquaintance of the shipper/carrier Peyser, who had...

Letter from Cuba – Part V

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter from Cuba explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 5 of 10.) Our requested (or demanded) sum for the properties at Metzstrasse 5 and Rennbahn 6 and 7 was 100,000...

Letter from Cuba – Part IV

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. More excerpts to come...) Due to these circumstances we broke off our honeymoon early and arrived home again March 30. Mother Ida had,...

Letter from Cuba – Part III

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. More excerpts to come...)   My sister, Alice, tried to convince us, on her many trips to Paris, to sell everything and hurriedly leave...

A Letter from Cuba – Part II

(This post is a continuation of my father's letter explaining his "reason for emigration," which he wrote in Cuba in 1938. More excerpts to come...)   Surprisingly, our earnings increased from month to month, so that, unfortunately, familiarizing myself with the...