The House in Prague How a Stolen House Helped an Immigrant Girl Find Her Way Home A cherished house the family it sheltered and the true meaning of home the Nazis have invaded Prague Little Anna huddles with her doll in the corner of a train car while a German officer shriek

  • Title: The House in Prague: How a Stolen House Helped an Immigrant Girl Find Her Way Home
  • Author: Anna Nessy Perlberg
  • ISBN: 9780989526548
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • A cherished house, the family it sheltered, and the true meaning of home 1939 the Nazis have invaded Prague Little Anna huddles with her doll in the corner of a train car while a German officer shrieks, You are Jews Fleeing for their lives, her family has abandoned their elegant house near Prague Castle, bringing their life of privilege to an abrupt halt.In Part I ofA cherished house, the family it sheltered, and the true meaning of home1939 the Nazis have invaded Prague Little Anna huddles with her doll in the corner of a train car while a German officer shrieks, You are Jews Fleeing for their lives, her family has abandoned their elegant house near Prague Castle, bringing their life of privilege to an abrupt halt.In Part I of this memoir that reads like a novel, we meet Anna s shining and beautiful opera singer mother, her prominent lawyer father, and their circle of friends that includes Albert Schweitzer and the family of Czech President Thomas Masaryk.Through Anna s eyes, we relive magical Christmases, summers in the country, and a terrifying trip to Nazi Dresden that changes everything We witness the family s escape and voyage to Ellis Island and Anna s struggle to learn English and become an American girl in a city teeming with immigrants and prejudice.As Anna grows and continues her education, music and culture help her family find its way in their new country in spite of financial setbacks and illnesses.In Part II, post war life brings cherished Holocaust survivors and their harrowing stories Anna meets her poet husband and they embark on a culturally rich and satisfying life filled with travel, children, and famous figures from the world of art, literature, and poetry.After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Anna s family sues for the return of their house in Prague But will they prevail And if they do, what then The House in Prague is richly illustrated with pictures from the author s family archive Written with straightforward, lyrical clarity, her family members and the many famous musicians, authors, and poets that pass through their lives come alive for the reader A gripping story on its own merits, this tale of war, love, and loss dares us to think about the immigrant experience in fresh ways.Index included.

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    1. This is a true account of a young girl who was half-Jewish and half-catholic, and her life experiences in Czechoslovakia and the U.S. Her family fled just days before the gestapo arrived at her home to arrest her father. She shares what her wonderful early life was like, with her famous musical mother, and her lawyer father, then tells about her difficult life as a non-English-speaking school girl in the U.S. Many of her family and friends did not survive the holocaust, but she tells he brave st [...]

    2. I loved this book. Full disclosure: I am the editor and publisher. But truly, editing it was a joy, and I have loved getting to know the author, Anna Nessy Perlberg. She is a marvelous 88-year-old woman of great dignity and depth, and I have learned a number of life lessons from her. My favorite part is the story of Anna's family when they first emigrate to New York City, and she is forced to learn English by immersion. What a brave soul!If you enjoy reading memoirs, you'll enjoy this thoughtful [...]

    3. The House in Prague is a well-written book that draws you into Anna Nessy Perlberg's privileged, young life and home in Prague. As the Nazis threatened the area, the family quickly and early-on exited Prague and landed in New York City. The new live was unfamilar territory and Anna had difficulty blending into American life. As a married adult she moved to Chicago and had a wonderful life. Later in life she visited Prague and found her original home.

    4. Reading any memoirs of the holocaust, or for that matter a book based on those times and those events, is hard enough. This one is by someone who was a little girl of ten by the time the horrors began, and the book begins with memories of the home of the family in Prague by the little girl, albeit written and published much later. The memories are of a beautiful life in a beautiful home, a large house on the hill in Prague, filled with music and more, with wealth of the educated, accomplished an [...]

    5. Reading any memoirs of the holocaust, or for that matter a book based on those times and those events, is hard enough. This one is by someone who was a little girl of ten by the time the horrors began, and the book begins with memories of the home of the family in Prague by the little girl, albeit written and published much later. The memories are of a beautiful life in a beautiful home, a large house on the hill in Prague, filled with music and more, with wealth of the educated, accomplished an [...]

    6. Humbling I have read many books about the Holocaust and this time period in history. They have all been very humbling.

    7. Fascinating true story of one woman's journey during World War IIShe paints a poignant picture of what it is like to be an immigrant from a war torn country. Very timely.

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