REFUGE by Maurice Meier


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Maurice Meler, a well-established farmer in a small village in the Black Forest, spent almost fifteen years of and subterfuge before he reached his ""refuge"" in America, and this account of that period is another in the long cortege of personal stories which document the period of the Hitler years. In 1933, Meier, his wife, and his two children escaped to France, and settled near Saumur with many members of their family (18 in all) on a large farm. Eventually Maurice, along with some of his brothers-in-law, a cousin, and friends were arrested and interned as enemy aliens. He was the only one of them to be paroled from Gurs and the reached Nimes where he hoped that his wife and children would join him. They however did not leave until it was too late and he, managing to avoid the mass deportations from Nimes, went on to Limoges, eventually the border into Switzerland. His continuing attempts to contact his family, now in a camp, , and after the final corroboration that they had been killed, he emigrated to American.... While perhaps less dramatic than Paul Burmetz' Our of Morning which Doubleday published in 1961 (p. 199), it does share some of the same circumstances and can be directed toward the same market, as a simple, sincere and inevitably moving story.

Pub Date: Jan. 29th, 1961
Publisher: Norton