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A cherished house, the family it sheltered, and the true meaning of home 1939: the Nazis have invaded Prague. Little Anna huddles with her doll in the corner of a train car while a German officer shrieks, "You are Jews!" Fleeing for their lives, her family has abandoned their elegant house near Prague Castle, bringing their life of privilege to an abrupt halt.In Part I ofA cherished house, the family it sheltered, and the true meaning of home1939: the Nazis have invaded Prague. Little Anna huddles with her doll in the corner of a train car while a German officer shrieks, "You are Jews!" Fleeing for their lives, her family has abandoned their elegant house near Prague Castle, bringing their life of privilege to an abrupt halt.In Part I of this memoir that reads like a novel, we meet Anna's shining and beautiful opera singer mother, her prominent lawyer father, and their circle of friends that includes Albert Schweitzer and the family of Czech President Thomas Masaryk.Through Anna's eyes, we relive magical Christmases, summers in the country, and a terrifying trip to Nazi Dresden that changes everything. We witness the family's escape and voyage to Ellis Island and Anna's struggle to learn English and become an American girl in a city teeming with immigrants and prejudice.As Anna grows and continues her education, music and culture help her family find its way in their new country in spite of financial setbacks and illnesses.In Part II, post-war life brings cherished Holocaust survivors and their harrowing stories. Anna meets her poet-husband and they embark on a culturally rich and satisfying life filled with travel, children, and famous figures from the world of art, literature, and poetry.After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Anna's family sues for the return of their house in Prague. But will they prevail? And if they do, what then?The House in Prague is richly illustrated with pictures from the author's family archive. Written with straightforward, lyrical clarity, her family members and the many famous musicians, authors, and poets that pass through their lives come alive for the reader. A gripping story on its own merits, this tale of war, love, and loss dares us to think about the immigrant experience in fresh ways.Index included....

Title : The House in Prague: How a Stolen House Helped an Immigrant Girl Find Her Way Home
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ISBN : 9780989526548
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Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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The House in Prague: How a Stolen House Helped an Immigrant Girl Find Her Way Home Reviews

  • Eddi
    2018-11-26 18:20

    This is a true account of a young girl who was half-Jewish and half-catholic, and her life experiences in Czechoslovakia and the U.S. Her family fled just days before the gestapo arrived at her home to arrest her father. She shares what her wonderful early life was like, with her famous musical mother, and her lawyer father, then tells about her difficult life as a non-English-speaking school girl in the U.S. Many of her family and friends did not survive the holocaust, but she tells he brave stories of some who do. Eventually as an adult, she returns to her home in Prague, the first time not being allowed inside (during the communist era), and finally getting to walk inside and be filled wi th memories of her roots there.I chose to read this, as it has some obviously similarities to the stories of my husband's family, who fled from Latvia at about the same time, and then immigrated to the U.S. I am thankful for his family who made it here, but grieve for the multitudes who did not.

  • Nancy Sayre
    2018-12-09 13:48

    I loved this book. Full disclosure: I am the editor and publisher. But truly, editing it was a joy, and I have loved getting to know the author, Anna Nessy Perlberg. She is a marvelous 88-year-old woman of great dignity and depth, and I have learned a number of life lessons from her. My favorite part is the story of Anna's family when they first emigrate to New York City, and she is forced to learn English by immersion. What a brave soul!If you enjoy reading memoirs, you'll enjoy this thoughtfully-written book. If you also have an interest in stories of Holocaust survivors, so much the better. The author loves getting fan mail and replies to every one, so feel free to write to her at anna.nessy.perlberg@goldenalleypress.com .

  • Carolyn Leshyn
    2018-12-08 19:34

    The House in Prague is a well-written book that draws you into Anna Nessy Perlberg's privileged, young life and home in Prague. As the Nazis threatened the area, the family quickly and early-on exited Prague and landed in New York City. The new live was unfamilar territory and Anna had difficulty blending into American life. As a married adult she moved to Chicago and had a wonderful life. Later in life she visited Prague and found her original home.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2018-11-17 17:28

    Reading any memoirs of the holocaust, or for that matter a book based on those times and those events, is hard enough. This one is by someone who was a little girl of ten by the time the horrors began, and the book begins with memories of the home of the family in Prague by the little girl, albeit written and published much later. The memories are of a beautiful life in a beautiful home, a large house on the hill in Prague, filled with music and more, with wealth of the educated, accomplished and the connoisseur, rather than wealth of the aristocracy which may or may not exercise their choice of ability to accrue all those qualities. The family moreover is of a mixed marriage, with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, with much love and complete harmony. This somehow makes for more horror for the reader who knows and dreads the subsequent events that will affect this family, their beautiful home and beautiful life filled with music, concerts, friends and family. Fortunately this family survived, by selling much of their prized possessions or using some to bribe whoever needed to be, to emigrate on the eve of the horrors descending on the world, centred on the continent. They managed to survive, do well, educate the children well, and live, in US. But this only makes for a contrast when viewed in context of the family and friends and more that were lost due to not being able to, or in some cases, not choosing to, migrate as they did. A very moving moment is when the author, then still a young girl coping with high school in the new land, is asked by her father to accompany him to a synagogue for the first time - she is brought up Catholic - and mentions how the Rabbi asked if anyone lost a family member in the holocaust. She raises her hand, and looks around to see the whole congregation doing the same. They rise, sing prayers for the dead, all weeping. It's a tale of life, survival and prospering of a few on the background of the six million or more that did not, and as such all the more poignant - for, obviously, if these people did so well, so could a large part of those that did not survive, and this loss of human potential and of quality was all because the lumpen that the perpetrated the events intended to wipe out human civilisation and all its achievements, in name of racial supremacy. That another ideology in name of equality of all did much the same to a large proportion of the world population behind respective curtains of the totalitarian nations, only makes it worse. One is, of course, happy these good people did survive and did well.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2018-12-09 18:43

    Reading any memoirs of the holocaust, or for that matter a book based on those times and those events, is hard enough. This one is by someone who was a little girl of ten by the time the horrors began, and the book begins with memories of the home of the family in Prague by the little girl, albeit written and published much later. The memories are of a beautiful life in a beautiful home, a large house on the hill in Prague, filled with music and more, with wealth of the educated, accomplished and the connoisseur, rather than wealth of the aristocracy which may or may not exercise their choice of ability to accrue all those qualities. The family moreover is of a mixed marriage, with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, with much love and complete harmony. This somehow makes for more horror for the reader who knows and dreads the subsequent events that will affect this family, their beautiful home and beautiful life filled with music, concerts, friends and family. Fortunately this family survived, by selling much of their prized possessions or using some to bribe whoever needed to be, to emigrate on the eve of the horrors descending on the world, centred on the continent. They managed to survive, do well, educate the children well, and live, in US. But this only makes for a contrast when viewed in context of the family and friends and more that were lost due to not being able to, or in some cases, not choosing to, migrate as they did. A very moving moment is when the author, then still a young girl coping with high school in the new land, is asked by her father to accompany him to a synagogue for the first time - she is brought up Catholic - and mentions how the Rabbi asked if anyone lost a family member in the holocaust. She raises her hand, and looks around to see the whole congregation doing the same. They rise, sing prayers for the dead, all weeping. It's a tale of life, survival and prospering of a few on the background of the six million or more that did not, and as such all the more poignant - for, obviously, if these people did so well, so could a large part of those that did not survive, and this loss of human potential and of quality was all because the lumpen that the perpetrated the events intended to wipe out human civilisation and all its achievements, in name of racial supremacy. That another ideology in name of equality of all did much the same to a large proportion of the world population behind respective curtains of the totalitarian nations, only makes it worse. One is, of course, happy these good people did survive and did well.

  • Gina Arnold
    2018-12-06 19:30

    Humbling I have read many books about the Holocaust and this time period in history. They have all been very humbling.

  • Susan
    2018-11-17 15:42

    Fascinating true story of one woman's journey during World War IIShe paints a poignant picture of what it is like to be an immigrant from a war torn country. Very timely.