“The services were conducted in a synagogue which was spared in the fires set by the Nazis Nov. 9, 1938, in nearly every synagogue in Germany. The New Year’s services were combined with a rededication of the synagogue. Chaplain Vida (Army) and Dr. Neuhaus (Frankfurt civilian rabbi) conducted services. The services were certainly well attended by our Army and Navy personnel. There were a lot of high ranking officers there, too. As for the civilian Jews, there were very few left to attend from this once large community of 34,000 Jews. Beck, these Jews were not dramatic, nor did they carry-on, but one could discern readily the untold suffering they had experienced these many years. They held their heads high—and we were all proud to be a part of them. Yes, the Germans watched us walking in the synagogue and out—they were hanging out of their windows eyeing us carefully. Not one remark was passed; nor did they even speak amongst themselves, that is, while we stared back at them. This was a great day and one I shall never forget. Although I really didn’t want to come to Germany, it was worth it just to see all this.”
More information about the anthology from the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group where my essay, “Writing a Personal Memoir” about my journey to writing “Mollie’s War” with my mother was selected to be included.
Coast Lines 2, a collection of writings by the members of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group is accepting pre-publication orders for the book, which will be out in early December. Cost is 120 pesos or ten ($10) dollars. 28 authors, 32 pieces. Contact Maria Ruiz email@example.com for more information.