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Of Nazis, Jews, and Italians

"the Watch on The Rhine" has overwritten the author Gabriel home his first Chapter. And because the book is called "this side of the border," and it comes to immigrants, the Second world war, and Basel, with the history of persecuted Jews. And is amazed. In the first of a total of ten life stories in the book, the author chooses a completely different approach. When he tells of the fate of Hedwig (Hetty) Baukloh, which came in 1931, after Basel and in 1949 left Switzerland again, then it goes to a woman who was drawn to the Nazis more than just. The Neptune, but at the shipping company, where she received eight years before the outbreak of war, a position as Secretary to the Director, of all things, a Jew as the chief had.

to be able to 1000 metres of files

Gabriel's home for many years in the archives, this well-founded fortunes, which he introduces in "on this side of the border," and rich in detail signs has rummaged. He was mainly in the basement of the Basel state archives, where the files of the Basel foreign police cover about 1000 running meters. He has researched in addition to the Federal archive in Bern, and elsewhere.

What he tells is often heart-breaking. Less the story of Hetty Baukloh. It was ended in a Blend, the always been a great believer in the master race and the Superiority of the Germans. As the war was coming to an end, and this was part of the border with the Nazis to clean up, you rush all home to the Reich, fought back with hands and feet. A lot of sympathies you may not have expected from the reader and from the reader.

Lupovici managed to secure a commitment to the Circus knee and falls promptly in Eliane knee.

Otherwise it looks in the two States-free artists Richard and See Lupovici. Or when only 16-year-old Jews, Harry Gabriel, or when a Spaniard, Carlos Reyes y Esteban Marti. They are all fighting against opposition, adversary, adverse circumstances. See Lupovici, son of Richard, is a talented juggler, an artist. His father and him is finally granted the stay. See Lupovici managed to secure a commitment to the Circus knee and falls promptly in Eliane knee. An Alliance that is not seen from the dynasty even.

Harry Gabriel succeeds in 1942, independently of the escape from Berlin to Weil am Rhein, go to the foot of the railway along the border to Basel. He creates it but in the few years of the war, the time he spends here, in relative safety, again and again, to dupe the authorities. New measures are pronounced against the Teenager. He learns the various sides and places of the Switzerland know, and breaks out again and again, skin is rebelling. But he survived and immigrated to Israel.

the brothel and point of contact

Spaniard Carlos Reyes y Esteban Marti operates in Basel, first, a reasonably serious wine bar on the Barfi, the police informer note, however, that he has probably "whores" as a staff. After the move to the "Gasthof zur Sonne" at the Rheingasse 25 this, then, is obvious. Reyes has b-girls, and his establishment is a brothel, but at the same time welcome, the first point of contact for Basel stranded Jews. Because Reyes keeps best contacts to Jules Goetschel, his lawyer, brother of Alfred Goetschel, President of the Jewish community of Basel, he receives help, if needed. Reyes is illiterate, but the notes here are not human.

There are life stories far outside of the Norm, of which Gabriel home reported. And it's not good, stop it with the study of the acts after 1945, because of what happened in the years after, is the substance to be Amazed. In the last three chapters of the book focus on the ambitious Gertrud Vecellio, who moved in the "Hotel Three kings" right of ruthless Nazi-style threads, to Paul Berger and his son Werner Want to author, the famous lyricist and screenplay, and finally, to Lala, the Italian, the was in Zurich the nanny of Gabriel's home.

As one learns, among other things, something about the Sanit-Aryan border controls. The humiliation that the young Italian learned in Chiasso, if you had to be naked to investigate. It is the harassment of the Swiss, who are as treacherous as their stubborn prejudices.

police officers as a Snitch

"on this side of the border," and that is perhaps the most Fascinating, is not only a superbly told life stories, but through all of that, what you experience beyond. By home are often quoted in long passages one-to-one, you get a feel for the years and decades that he describes: the language, the word choice, the tone of voice. As the Basel tourist police caught up with ongoing enquiries, police as an informer began, and to do constantly with all sorts of informers had, is surprising. Well, one learns.

It is the American way of historical facts is almost connect already with a trace of literature to the home with this book succeeds. In a few Places interpreted, or, he speculated. But these Bodies are, as such, is always clear. Because there should be no doubt that it is real stories. Once again, Hetty Baukloh: you could be a character from a novel.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 05.04.2019, 18:54 PM

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