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Andrew Peiser
The Road from Breslau
This book tells the story of Marianne, a remarkable woman whose journey in life spanned three continents and who was eyewitness to some of the most important events of the 20th century. It is based upon her memoirs and her many writings, as well as family archives, and can be considered a case study of the larger German Jewish experience. Marianne was born in Breslau, Germany in 1908 and grew up during World War I. While attending the University of Breslau, she became a victim of the Nazi anti-Jewish racial laws passed by the Nazis during the 1930s. Marianne suffered a harrowing experience in November 1938 when she witnessed her husband being taken away to the concentration camp at Buchenwald during Kristallnacht. Incredibly, she managed to free him, and they escaped to Bombay, India on one of the last available passenger ships to leave Europe prior to the outbreak of World War II. She lived in India for 14 years, where she witnessed India gain its independence from Britain and experienced the riots that took place after Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. She then immigrated to New York via Ellis Island a year before it closed, where she began yet another new life, now for the third time.