RELEASE DATE: APRIL 29, 2014.
Yale University Press
Many would label her life as “unremarkable.”
For close to three decades, Luzie Hatch, a German refugee from Berlin, who never married nor had children, took the subway from her Queens studio apartment to AJC’s headquarters in Manhattan where she worked as an administrative assistant.
The chance discovery of her WW II-era correspondence by an estate executor revealed that Luzie Hatch’s life was far from “unremarkable.” This rare and heartrending correspondence is the basis of Exit Berlin to be released by Yale University Press in April.
Just a week after the Kristallnacht terror in 1938, young Luzie Hatch, a German Jew, fled Berlin to resettle in New York. Her rescuer was an American-born cousin and industrialist, Arnold Hatch. Arnold spoke no German, so Luzie quickly became translator, intermediary, and advocate for family left behind. Soon an unending stream of desperate requests from German relatives made their way to Arnold’s desk. (Read More…)