The Demise of a Jewish Dancer (page 13)
At a time when most people were afraid to associate with Jewish people wearing the Star of David, Oma conducted a difficult search for Hilda. She found Hilda living in the poorest, dirtiest section of Koblenz… Oma brought her a very special present, a pair of real silk stockings. Hilda managed to get out of bed, put on the stockings and dance for us. She was happy for a few moments. On our next visit, she was gone. A neighbor told us Hilda died of tuberculosis and her husband and children were taken away.
Laurie Courts Otti (page 42)
Laurie asked me to meet him at his fishing hole, but I did not show up. For him, it must have been love at first sight, although I did not feel that way. He was ten years older, and I showed little interest.
TB Medicine Helps Otti (page 53)
Sophie and I received a special medication from Sigmund that was not available in Germany at that time… My whole body and even my teeth felt hot during the injection.
Sigmund Gives Otti Great Advice (page 54)
Sigmund liked me, was a devout Catholic and never took advantage of me. He was a true gentleman. Sigmund and Sophie had a light case of TB and recovered. At our last meeting, he told me that his French professor friend from the concentration camp sponsored him and he was leaving and immigrating to Paris. Sigmund gave me advice that I never forgot: “Otti, get married to an American soldier and move to America.”
Surprise Letter Arrives from Laurie Ney (page 56)
Otti received a letter from Laurie Ney dated April 12, 1946. It was delivered to her via Mrs. Moitz, the grocery store owner.
It has been almost a year since I met you in the little town on the Rhine. I have not forgotten you. Many times I think of you and wonder if you are in good health and have enough food to eat.”
Laurie Sends Food to Otti (page 68)
Laurie did some research, and at a great expense sent me food parcels via Sweden. I could not believe it when the postman in Mülheim informed me I had four large boxes from Sweden. The assortment of food was impressive: canned meats, dried fruits, vegetables, milk, coffee, teas, chocolate, rice, butter, cheese, etc. During that time, you could not hope for a better gift.
Laurie and Otti Reunite (page 69)
It was an emotional reunion. We had not seen each other for 3.5 years and only had a brief encounter in Germany for about one week. It was a big adjustment for both of us, because of the language barrier, but we didn’t have many problems. Laurie didn’t know much German, and my English also was limited.