Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses

A Novel

Book - 2014
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With a foreword by Cynthia Ozick, this semiautobiographical novel of a Jewish girl forced away from home in the face of Nazi persecution is an extraordinary tale of fortitude and survival On a December night in 1938, a ten-year-old girl named Lore is put on the Kindertransport, a train carrying hundreds of Jewish children out of Austria to safety from Hitler’s increasingly alarming oppression. Temporarily housed at the Dover Court Camp on England’s east coast, Lore will find herself living in other people’s houses for the next seven years: the Orthodox Levines, the Hoopers, the working-class Grimsleys, and the wealthy Miss Douglas and Mrs. Dillon. Charged with the task of asking “the English people” to get her parents out of Austria, Lore discovers in herself an impassioned writer. In letters to potential sponsors, she details the horrors happening back at home; in those to her parents, she notes the mannerisms and reactions of the new families around her as she valiantly tries to master their language. And the closer the world comes to a new war, the more resolute Lore becomes to survive. As powerful now as when it was first released fifty years ago, Other People’s Houses is a poignant tale about the creation of a new life in the face of hopelessness and fear—a hallmark of the postwar immigration experience.
Publisher: Open Road Media 2014
ISBN: 9781322063430
Characteristics: 1 online resource ()


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May 01, 2016

First published in 1964, this is the memoir of a young girl taken by the Children's Transport from Vienna to England after Hitler has invaded Austria. She recounts her experiences in various foster homes. Her parents follow her and work as servants and later after Lore completes university in London the family moves to the Dominican Republic while awaiting visas to the US. The first two-thirds of the book set in the UK is better than the last third. Overall, this is a good, unsentimental book.

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