Across the Street from Adolf Hitler

Across the Street from Adolf Hitler

by Anneliese Korner-Kalman


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ISBN-13: 9781401019846
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.70(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found reading this book riveting and totally absorbing. I could not put it down. Author Anneliese Korner-Kalman born into a German Jewish family in Munich, vividly describes her frequent and terrifying encounters with her neighbor, Adolf Hitler. After being summoned to appear before the Gestapo, her panicked parents sent her off to safety in Switzerland where, alone and at the age of only sixteen, she was invited to become Professor Piaget's student at the University of Geneva. While there, she not only received an inspiring education that became the foundation of her later career, she also did some underground work, guiding Austrian refugees to safety in prewar France. After graduating, she joined her family in New York which was still in the depth of the Great Depression. Her fiance could not join her and wound up in a French camp that ultimately had to hand over all Jewish prisoners to the Nazis for transport to Auschwitz. I found her story of how she was able to get him out of the camp and to come to America just before this event, very moving. The author managed to get scholarships to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where she earned her P.D. Eventually, she became Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine where, in a thirty-five year research career, she studied the innate differences among newborn babies, long before the current stress on genetic differences. It was her career that reluctantly brought her back to Munich at the insistence of German colleagues who wanted her to present her research findings there. While in Munich, she painfully relived the Nazi era, but she also gained a lot of historical insights, which grew over many subsequent years. The books ends with a chapter that presents a brilliant and razor-sharp analysis of Hitler1s goals, motives and strategies, the Holocaust and its deniers. This is a book that tells the fascinating story of a resilient and wise woman who , during all her life, successfully fought the odds. I highly recommend this captivating and well written book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Anneliese Korner-Kalman who happened to grow up across the street from Hitler¿s private residence describes her terrifying face to face encounters with Hitler and her ultimate summons to appear before the Gestapo. The book describes an extraordinarily courageous woman. For example, when she rode her bike through a narrow roundabout, Hitler¿s convertible pulled up next to her, and SS officers in a second car, screamed at her to greet the Führer, an order she stubbornly defied. After her panicked parents sent her to Switzerland, she risked her life, guiding Austrian refugees to safety in France. Once in Switzerland, Professor Piaget invited her to become a student at the University of Geneva. Her studies there laid the foundation for her ultimately becoming a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine where, in a 35-year research career, she studied newborn babies. She was one of the first to discover innate newborn behavioral differences, long before the more recent interest in genetics. Her pioneering research brought her back to Munich because German colleagues persuaded her to present her findings there. During her stay, she relived her painful childhood and the Nazi era. While her book is captivating from beginning to end, I was especially impressed by her insightful historical reflections. For instance, she deduced that long before WW II began, Hitler¿s first and foremost goal was to conquer Russia. She also described how the Nazi Holocaust differed from other genocides in motives, methods and circumstances. This is an important book, well written and wise. It is very timely considering the current wave of anti-Semitism all over the world. I highly recommend this book, particularly for discussion groups and book clubs.