A Jewish Haven in Chile
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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...my motivation for writing this book is to thank chile for saving my life, those of my family members, and the lives of so many more. at the same time, i wish to tell about my family’s journey and those of other families from nazi germany to chile, a country that offered so many of us a haven and the pos-sibility of starting our lives anew. Emigration has always existed and will con-...
1. The Germany We Left
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We received my grandparents’ last letter from Burgsteinfurt, germany, on no vem ber 9, 1941.1 They were then sixty and sixty- five years old. my mother and i had arrived in chile on no vem ber 13, 1939, fleeing the nazi inferno. We never heard from my grandparents again. at the end of the war we learned through german government records that they had been killed in ...
2. Kristallnacht Ignites a Desperation to Flee
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The first sign that something horrible was about to happen in Burgsteinfurt came when some forty to fifty—some say eighty—nazi storm troopers and their followers suddenly appeared and began parading through the small city’s downtown area. They shouted, “revenge for paris!” and the man at the That was the night of no vem ber 9, 1938. it soon became a night that Jews—...
3. The Ethnic Germans in Chile
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The ethnic germans in chile “were so pro german, so pro Hitler and so aggressive, that when the chilean government didn’t allow them to vote in Hitler’s last plebiscite in chilean territory before the war, they got on a dozen german boats, that when taken out of territorial waters, they were germans were so admired in chile and chileans, especially those in the mili-...
4. Crossing Dangerous Seas: The Last Trip of the Copiapó
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The famous last trip of the chilean ship Copiapó ended at valparaíso, chile, on sep tem ber 29, 1939, just after the start of the war, bringing refugees to a haven and numerous chileans back from Europe. The families of the lat-ter in chile had suffered a scare due to a false alarm that the ship had been bombarded and sunk, but soon it was clear that the report was erroneous. it ...
5. Chile’s Political and Economic Systems under Stress: A “Naci” Party and the Jewish Immigration
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...pressures on chile came from many directions in the 1930s—from nature, foreign countries, and internal po liti cal and economic conditions. These also had serious implications for german Jews seeking a chilean haven.a natural disaster immediately challenged the new president in Janu ary 1939. pedro aguirre cerda had barely been sworn in when the chillán earth-...
6. “No Visas” Signs on Embassy Doors: The German Jewish Emigration to Chile
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...visas during aguirre cerda’s government poured out, but it was difficult The Jewish persecution in Europe . . . is either collective and vertical brutalization or pure perversity, hate is always a little bit idiotic but this time it surpasses idiocy . . . one has to defend latin america from this European malaise that is a putrid substance . . . We have to save our ...
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...a train transporting Jews to concentration camps. (courtesy of united states Holocaust grandparents’ letter from no vem ber 9, 1941, sent from Burgsteinfurt, germany. it was the last letter my parents received before my grandparents were taken away by the nazis. We never The burning of some twenty thousand books, most written by Jewish authors, in a Berlin square on may 10, 1933. They were considered dangerous for germans. ...
7. A Second Emigration: From Chile to Israel
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Shoshana Efrati,1 who arrived in chile fleeing the nazis with her parents in the 1930s, decided in her late teens to make her home in palestine. This was after she had joined the Hashomer Hatzair, a Zionist movement, which the german Jewish immigrants had brought to chile. she and her husband trav-shoshana Efrati’s sec ond emigration was not a rare event among young ...
8. Chilean Responses to the German Jewish Immigration
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How fantastic were my husband’s colleagues . . . chileans are unique in Even with all the controversy over Jews immigrating to chile, interviewees told me and Brigitte altmann many wonderful, heartwarming stories of the after immigrating to chile, dr. Ebel stark opened an illegal medical prac-tice in santiago. His chilean colleagues knew about this, but they let him ...
9. German Jewish Immigrants Tell Their Stories
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Gerda Gross Bergmann is very grateful to Chile for taking her in: she feels Chilean at heart and every Janu ary 14, the date on which she arrived in Chile, she gives a present to a Chilean friend to celebrate the event and to The difficulties—and occasional joys—of the german Jews who found ref-uge in chile have been explored in previous chapters. incidents from their ...
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...seventy years after my grandparents and other victims of the nazi regime were killed, and their children and grandchildren saved from the Holocaust by the haven given them by chile and other countries, there is a reversal in germany. another era has opened—an era in which germans want to re-member and honor the victims and tell the new generation: “The Jews and ...
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Page Count: 231
Illustrations: 12 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Judaic Studies Series
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth