Undeterred is the story of how Luck, Love, and Learning helped a young girl from an upper-middle class European family surmount discrimination, horror, and fear engendered by the Nazis in the 1930s. Several rescuers enabled her to escape from Germany to other countries. Landing in the United States at age twelve, she soon found herself to be a "little girl" among "sophisticated" teenagers.
As she matured, she traversed the European-American culture gaps, but not without strife. As is so often the case during adolescence, she had tumultuous struggles with her parents. Ultimately she herself became a mother of four. She also earned a doctorate from a prestigious university and succeeded as a respected professional. Charlotte Kahn speaks of finding her way and how she Made It In America.
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"Undeterred, I Made It In America" by Charlotte Kahn is a thin but remarkably impressive book about her dramatic life. Born into a well-situated Jewish family in Germany in 1928 she experienced how the Nazi dictatorship gradually invaded her life as a 10-year old. Eventually the family emigrated; at first the children followed by the parents. They went to England and later to the U.S.A. Charlotte Kahn describes all these events from the viewpoint of a child and a young adult respectively. In a quite impressive way she mastered the challenges that came with the new home in terms of language, culture and being a foreigner. She attended university, received a doctorate, got married, gave birth to four children, and became a well-known psychologist and scientist in her professional circles.
Dr. Meinhard Stark, Berlin, November 2008
Dr. Kahn's memoir is a beautifully written, intimate portrait of her childhood in pre-Nazi and Nazi Germany, her remarkable escape to America and her resiliency in adapting to and succeeding in her country of refuge. Written for her grandchildren, it will move all readers, young and old. These stories must be preserved for generations to come. Dr. Kahn's story-telling is particularly satisfying because of her wealth of psychological query and insight.
I highly recommend it!