Young Lothar: An Underground Fugitive in Nazi Berlin

Young Lothar: An Underground Fugitive in Nazi Berlin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784537630
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Larry (Lothar) Orbach (1924-2008) grew up in Berlin and assumed the identity of Gerhard Peters from 1942-44. He spent the last year of the war in Auschwitz and emigrated to New York in 1946. Settling in New Jersey, Larry Orbach set up a jewellery business and, with his wife Ruth Geier-also a refugee from Nazi Berlin-they had two children, Vivien and Richard. True to his word, Larry Orbach's mother, Nelly, lived with him and his family until her death at age 83 in 1969. Larry's final years in his beloved New York were full and surrounded by friends from all walks of life.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition viii

Original Preface xiv

Prologue xvii

1 Born in a Gathering Storm 1

2 The Institute Orbach 12

3 We are Going Under 36

4 Silent Night, Holy Night 45

5 A Very Busy Day 54

6 Learning the Angles 77

7 Houseguests 96

8 Stacking the Deck with OPA 117

9 Warmed by an Old Flame 131

10 From Street to Sanctuary 146

11 Hauling Coal, Lifting Cash 167

12 Vice Squad 192

13 A Pause for Passover 207

14 Learning to Swim 212

15 Betrayal 229

16 Vignettes of Hell 243

17 Picking Up the Pieces 254

Epilogue 260

Acknowledgments 263

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