This extraordinary book tells the story of refugees from Nazi Germany through the form of letters, envelopes, postcards and other ephemera exchanged across the miles, collected by William Kaczynski, whose own Jewish parents managed to reach the relative safety of the UK just before war broke out in 1939. They were not alone Hitler s rise to power led to the mass emigration of European Jews in the late 1930s. Many were initially interned in their host countries, including the co-author as a small boy. Others in occupied Europe were, as we know, deported to death camps where millions perished. Each letter or document here reveals a poignant story, but united they present an absorbing postal history of the Holocaust experience. --Family Tree Magazine
About the Author
William Kaczynski came to England with his family in 1939 as a refugee from Nazi Germany. He was interned, with his mother and brother for ten months in Rushen Camp on the Isle of Man. He retired in 1989 and has since amassed this important collection of Second World War postal history artefacts. He has written widely for philatelic publications and has worked closely with the British Library in compiling the collection featured. Co-author, Charmian Brinson, is Professor of German Studies at Imperial College, London. She is a founder member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, and has published extensively on German speaking exiles in Britain. Both authors live in London.