Exit Berlin


April 29, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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Looking for a new book to read?

Let me suggest Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family From Nazi Germany.

It was released this week by Yale University Press to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The gripping story revolves around Luzie Hatch, who fled her native Germany in 1938 and came to this country.

Once here, she spent endless hours trying to save her family from the Nazis.

In doing so, she wrote countless letters to relatives.

She kept copies of each, together with the responses.

Luzie worked at AJC after coming to America.

But it wasn’t until after her death, in 2001, that another AJC staff member, Charlotte Bonelli, found the treasure-trove of letters – and the powerful, poignant saga it told.

Bonelli put the letters together, and added additional material from surviving relatives, to create Exit Berlin.

What a story it tells!

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This is David Harris of AJC.

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