Letters to the Editor

Henry A. Landsberger: Positive life from terrible circumstances

Regarding the excellent Nov. 16 Point of View “ Prelude to the Holocaust” by Hans Wuerth: While I watched, my father was one of those picked up early in the morning of Nov. 11, 1938, by two brutal Gestapo characters and taken to the infamous concentration camp Buchenwald.

He returned a wreck in early December and did not recover until a year later in Chile, my capable mother having arranged their emigration. But I benefited from perhaps the only positive episode in that terrible history.

For Britain quickly said it would admit Jewish children, but not their parents – resulting in the so-called “Kindertransport.” It saved 10,000 of us and can be viewed on the BBC DVD “Into the Arms of Strangers.”

After a somewhat rough 18 months, including being in a so-so hostel for refugee children in London early in the “Blitz,” I ended up in the home of a wonderful Welshman in the historic city of Lincoln followed by high school, war work in the coal mines, London University, reunion with my parents in Chile for 10 months, off to the United States for wonderful graduate work and a wonderful marriage with Betty, now regrettably deceased.

Henry A. Landsberger

Chapel Hill