One Eye Laughing, The Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (Dear America Series)

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By Barry Denenberg

Through the Nazi persecution of the Jews in Austria, twelve-year-old Julie escapes to the USA to dwell along with her family in big apple urban.

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I’m similar to you, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler,” and he or she pointed to mom who was once sitting subsequent to me at the sofa, trembling. “She’s the single you will want. She’s the wealthy Jewish whinge. ” Milli’s face contorted, her mouth twisted right into a mindless grin, and her eyes gleamed as though she have been possessed. seventy nine 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R 24 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page eighty 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S 24 R Obeying Milli’s command, the lads circled and checked out mom. one among them pulled her off the sofa so violently i presumed her arm may come off, however the different acknowledged, “Wait. ” I famous him whilst he first got here in yet he prevented his eyes whilst he learned who i used to be and the place he was once. He used to be the policeman Daddy had handled! the person who broke his arm and minimize his eye. His solid used to be off and his eye had healed however it was once him. I take into account simply because Daddy wouldn’t even permit him pay and the fellow stated he didn’t understand how he might ever thank him, and now right here he used to be, dragging my mom into the streets. For a second i assumed he was once going to allow us to move, however the different one informed mom to place on her “fine Jewish jewellery” and her “fine Jewish furs. ” He saved calling her “rich Jewish complain” many times and grinning similar to Milli. I jumped up, hoping to compliment mom. I didn’t are looking to be left on my own, however the different guy driven me again onto the sofa and acknowledged if i used to be clever i might remain placed. mom got here out donning her blue velvet dress, eighty 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page eighty one diamond necklace, emerald rings, and ermine cape. They dragged her, too, out into the corridor and down the steps. i used to be on their own, aside from Milli, yet I didn’t even understand if she used to be nonetheless within the residence. there has been shouting from the corridor and the sound of heavy boots going up and down the steps. I didn’t recognize what to do. I simply sat there, too scared to maneuver or name out. i need to have fallen asleep even if i attempted my toughest to not, as the subsequent factor I knew I heard voices. everyday voices. It used to be Daddy, mom, and Max. They seemed filthy and anxious and Mother’s blue velvet costume was once badly torn and her jewellery and furs have been long gone. yet there has been no blood. not anyone used to be harm. They have been all alive. I gave each one of them an enormous hug. I had by no means hugged mom prior to. I by no means learned how small she is. She isn’t any taller than me and he or she regarded various. anything used to be diversified. It used to be like i used to be seeing her for the first time. Like a masks had fallen from her face revealing anyone I didn’t be aware of rather well. Daddy spoke, even supposing he regarded as though every one be aware eighty one 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R 24 9577_01_001-120_r6ek. qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 web page eighty two 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S 24 R was once costing him dearly. He stated each person should still visit mattress. I was hoping Max might come to my room and clarify every little thing the way in which he did while i used to be more youthful. thankfully, after just a couple of mins, there has been a tender knock and he entered conserving an ashtray in a single hand and a lit cigarette within the different.

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