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The House of Exile Paperback – 1 Nov 1992
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During the war, she lived in London where her home served as a temporary half-way house for children the underground smuggled out of Germany, Norway and Czechoslovika. After the war she went back to Germany as a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. In 1946 she did a speaking tour to 60 cities in the US and Canada to raise money for relief efforts and encourage members of her sority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, to make layettes she promised for the babies of Norway. These parents did not even have newspaper to cloth their children.
I learned of Nora Waln when I was a child because Kappas gathered around a ping pong table in my mother's basement to sew nightgowns, booties, hats, blankets and other items for these layettes. 5,000 layettes (each layette made up of 70 items) were delivered to Norway the following year.
If you liked House of Exile, you may want to try Reaching for the Stars. It is out of print. I got a used copy through Amazon.