Twists of Fate: A Hamburg Family 1904-1941

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Lexxion Verlag, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 99 pages
Paul Salomon was a successful Hamburg bank director until 1933. He achieved prosperity within the span of a few years, bought a handsome house in Hamburg-Harvestehude and was able to afford his children a carefree youth almost. In this book, his son Ernest H. Sanders (olim Helmut Salomon), who emigrated to New York in 1938, gives an account of the fate of his family in Germany. The transformation from a normal civil life to at first unacknowledged persecution, resulting in the suicide of both parents on 21st September 1941, is recounted in a subtle and moving way. In spite of these painful experiences, Sanders retained a close connection to Hamburg, his native city, as is evident in his gratitude towards his school, the Johanneum, and especially towards his classmates, who enabled him to take his school leaving examination in spite of orders to the contrary thereby laying the foundation for a future in the United States.

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Ernest H. Sanders(olim Helmut Salomon)was born in 1918 in Hamburg (Germany). A son of the bank director Paul Salomon, he had a carefree childhood until the rise of National Socialism. In 1938, Sanders emigrated to New York, where he started an academic career in musicology. He retired in 1987 after nearly thirty-five years of teaching at the Department of Music atColumbia Universityin the City of New York.

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