Inge: A Girl's Journey Through Nazi Europe

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
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In early 1939, after Kristallnacht, young Inge Josephbs family in Germany is broken apart, and her desperate mother sends her alone to Brussels to live with wealthy relatives. But she soon finds herself one of a hundred Jewish children fleeing for their lives following Hitlerbs invasions of Belgium and France.

For a time, in 1941 and 1942, it seems as if Inge and the others have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, as they find shelter through the Swiss Red Cross in an idyllic fifteenth-century French chC"teau. Inge even finds love there. But the rumors and horrors of the Holocaust are never far away, and eventually French gendarmes surprise the children, taking them from their protectors to a nearby transit camp. In their desperate attempts to escape, Inge and her boyfriend face unexpected life-and-death decisions -- wrenching decisions that will haunt Inge for the rest of her life.

This powerful, never-before-told memoir is based on Ingebs own sixty-six-page manuscript, found after her death; David Gumpert has also drawn from Ingebs personal letters, from the recollections of friends, relatives, and people who were with her in Europe, and from his own close relationship with his aunt.

One of the most dramatic stories of Christian rescue of Jewish children during the Holocaust, "Inge" is at the same time a totally frank account of the life and feelings of a teenage girl struggling to survive the Holocaust on her own -- and of how the effects of that experience reverberated through her life and on into the lives of her descendants. No matter how or why one reads it, "Inge" is a story of survival not soon to be forgotten.

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Contents

Truth
1
Papa
6
Departures
14
Luxuries
23
Payments
30
Visas
39
Gypsies
46
Parachutes
53
Onions
172
Meetings
176
Chess
181
Snow
186
Exploration
190
Commander
193
Sentence
197
Falling
200

Hunted
60
Plagues
67
Community
74
Relaxation
78
Curiosity
83
Gratitude
88
Giving
97
Springtime
103
Competition
108
Paradise
114
Romance
123
Celebrities
127
Melodies
132
Together
137
Control
141
Laundry
145
Instinct
150
Regrouping
153
Waiting
162
Lights
206
Reunion
211
Reflection
215
Jewchildren
219
Peace
223
Judgment
227
Bicycling
230
Irene
235
Lamb
241
Leaves
246
Regulations
249
Debt
252
Mutti?
254
Advancement
257
Optimism
261
Epilogue
265
Afterword
266
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About the author (2004)

Inge Joseph Bleier survived the war and emigrated to the United States, where she married, raised a family, and worked as a registered nurse who headed the obstetrics and gynecology department at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She died in 1983.

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