Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Haven in
New Work by Eva Goldschmidt Wyman
I'm happy to let you know that my mother's new book, Escaping
Hitler, A Jewish Haven in Chile, published by
the University of Alabama Press, is now available.
In Escaping Hitler, my
mother, Eva Goldschmidt Wyman, tells her family's
story, and that of thousand of others, who escaped from Nazi Germany to
Chile in the 1930s and 1940s, a time when the Chilean Nazi party was
active in Chile's major institutions.
The book is based primarily on interviews with German Jewish refugees,
family correspondence, and research in German and Chilean primary
sources from the period. It begins with an intimate account of Jews in
Germany in the 1930s as conditions for Jews deteriorated.
My mother recounts Kristallnacht
in Stuttgart, where her father was principal of the Jewish school, his
imprisonment in Dachau, and his release and immigration to Great
Britain. Escaping Hitler
details our family’s escape from Nazi Germany and subsequent life in
Chile, providing an intimate look at daily life on the steam ship Conte Grande
during the voyage from Italy to Chile in 1939, as well as Nazi
espionage and anti-Semitic activity in Chile and the Nazi influence in
South America in general.
Recounted in an intimate and personal style, Escaping
Hitler immerses the reader in an extraordinary
chapter of contemporary Jewish history both inside Germany and South
America. It is an augmented translation of her earlier work in Spanish,
Huyendo del Infierno
Nazi: La Inmigración Judio-Alemana hacia Chile en los Años Treinta (Santiago,
Hitler brings new material to the English
speaking audience and as such is a contribution to Holocaust history.
It is a fascinating and informative read presenting a well-researched
and well-documented story of German Jewish refugees in Chile and their
complicated encounters with German and Nazi immigrants.”—Steven B.
Bowman, author of The
Jews of Byzantium, 1204–1453.
Please order Escaping Hitler, A Jewish Haven in
Chile today from your jobber, local
independent bookstore, or favorite online chain.
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of Alabama Press
Publication date: 7/26/2013
dimensions: Hardbound. 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)
Eva Goldschmidt Wyman
was born in 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany, and emigrated to Chile in 1939
and to the United States in 1965. She earned an MA in Latin American
and Spanish Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her
publications include, Los
Poetas y El General: Voces de oposición en Chile bajo Augusto Pinochet,
1973–1989 / The Poets and the General: Chile's Voices of Dissent under
Augusto Pinochet, 1973–1989; Huyendo del Infierno Nazi: La inmigración
judio-alemana hacia Chile en los años treinta.