Over the Green Hill: A German Jewish Memoir, 1913-1943

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Fordham Univ Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages

Originally published in Germany in 1997, Lotte Strauss's Over the Green Hill: Personal Memoir, Germany 1913-43, was begun in 1975 as a letter to her daughter. It took twenty years to write the complete story, and by then, was no longer a letter, but a book.

Lotte Strauss was born one year before the beginning of World War I. She spent her formative years observing how the mood of Post War Germany turned anti-Semitic. The Gestapo came for Strauss during October of 1942, stating that she was to join her parents on a 'resettlement' to the east. Realizing that to comply, that to take such orders would have dire consequences, Strauss managed to slip out the door of her apartment while the Gestapo's attention was momentarily diverted, and make it to her husband, Herbert in Berlin. The Strausses, together, spent the next six months hiding in Germany, planning for their escape, and continuing to evade the Gestapo by just seconds. In May, 1943, they managed to slip across the Swiss border.


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Childhood Salzkotten and Wolfenbuttel 19131920
Going to School Wolfenbuttel 19201933
Marriage Emigration Divorce Berlin Milan Kladow 19331938
The Outbreak of the War Herbert Forced Labor Berlin 19391942
The Deportation of My Parents Flight from the Gestapo Berlin October 24 1942
Hiding in Berlin October 24 1942April 29 1943
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Crossing the Border Imprisoned and Interned in Switzerland May 1 1943July 1943
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About the author (1999)

Lotte Strauss lives in New York City with her husband, Herbert.

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