War Orphan in San Francisco: Letters Link a Family Scattered by World War II
In 1940, as a result of Hitler's plans to eradicate Jews, 10-year old Lizzi left Vienna to seek refuge in America. Two weeks later she began her new life in San Francisco, getting a new name, Phylis, and having to learn a new language. Her family was scattered on three continents, but linked by letters.This coming of age story is told through the letters. Phyllis wrote her parents details of her new life as she grew into adolescence and became an American, while they tried to parent her long distance. During the next six years she moved in and out of foster homes and an orphanage, detailing her new life in letters. The moods, hopes, fears and accomplishments each member of this family are recounted in the details of the letters, authenticating one family's experiences in World Wwar II.
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Going to America Chapter 1 Journey to America
The World I Left Behind Chapter 2 Growing Up Through Letters
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