30 years later, after they (Jewish) managed to escape from the Third Reich, Ursula and her man invited us to visit their house in New York to sing together some old German folk songs …

Originally uploaded by Frizztext
Mill River, Veranda
lazy weekend on the veranda in Mill River,
Massachusetts, 90 miles North from NYC

After more than 80 years of living our friend Ursula, now living in Chicago, remembers her start in Germany, in the little town Hattingen, where her grandfather had a warehouse (in my hometown, actually a gamblers’ saloon). Later she (Jewish) managed to escape from the Third Reich (aged 15!). She worked many years in New York, now she is retired in Chicago. But still she looks back to that Germany. So many stories she could tell …

As teenager she lived
in her grandfather’s house
“Gebrüder Kaufmann”, Hattingen
Third Reich remembrance

Third Reich remembrance
Originally uploaded by Frizztext

Hattingen (Ruhr):

Image via Wikipedia

Flatiron Building in snow

Flatiron Building in snow

Originally uploaded by Erik Anestad

The house of Ursula Kaufmann is the one directly beside the famous “Flat Iron Building” (Bügeleisenhaus) in the little town Hattingen. The inhabitants of the Bügeleisenhaus all were killed in concentration-camps of Hitler. Ursula left Germany as the NSDAP started to kill Jews (long before the World War II started). Many years she lived in New York near another famous “Flat Iron” building…

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