Farewell Berlin / Steven Muenzer
- St. Paul, Minnesota : Alexander Press, 2013
"'Farewell Berlin' is a story of Germany's avant garde capital city of the 1930s, seen through the eyes of a young Jew, floating through life. In the waning days of the Republic, with Europe on the verge of turning upside down, Sonny turns to smuggling, traveling often to Aachen and over the border to Belgium, to bring contraband back to Berlin. In January 1933, Hitler's rise to power changes his life and that of thousands of others beyond recognition. Out of the gloom Sonny and his friends hatch a scheme..." -- from book cover.
Sonny, a small-time peddler who does a little of this, a little of that, in the old Jewish quarter of Berlin, matures in the waning days of the Weimar Republic. Alone in the world after the death of his parents, he joins a smuggling ring that brings contraband into Germany from Belgium. Hitler's rise to power changes everything, and in an alarming turn of events, the ring disbands. Yet another unlikely turn unites like-minded men and women in a more altruistic cause. 'Farewell Berlin' is a story of abandonment, commitment, and hope in a crumbling world. -- from author's website.
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