Memoirs of a Jewish Journalist in Nazi Germany by Werner Ludwig Schlesinger. Edited by Tessa Schlesinger
There is much comparison between current events and those of prewar Germany. Werner Schlesinger was first an attorney, then a journalist between 1931 and 1936. First the Brown Shirts removed him from his job as an attorney, then they arrested the editor of the newspaper he worked for. Then they shut down the newspaper and put them in Auschwitz. You decide on the similarities between then and now. More
In April, 1933, Werner Ludwig Schlesinger was on his way to work at the German Appeal Court when a band of Brownshirts approached him and asked whether he was Jewish. Upon admission of his ethnicity, he ‘collected the hiding of his life’ and was forbidden further work at the German courts.
As he had both a law degree and a journalism degree, he was able to find work at a Jewish newspaper. His next three years were spent, amongst other things, covering Jewish events, witnessing the birth of rockets and television, and Einstein’s farewell speech at the Westend Synagogue in the Princzregentenstrase.
As one of only three Jews in Berlin with the requisite journalism degree, he was responsible for signing off on the copy of other Jewish Journalists in the city. Often this was dangerous work. If he did not read the copy too carefully, and something that offended the Nazis slipped through, his life would be forfeited.
In 1936, while on holiday in Switzerland, he received a telegram from his mother not to return. As he had been expecting a visit from the Gestapo, he made his way to South Africa. This is the story of those long three years.
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