Abandoned in Berlin

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Nine

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine: Troublesome Answers Solving the mystery appeared insurmountable as a result of the third round of inquiry. The Charlottenburg Grundbuch replied at the start of December 2016 that it could not help any further. It knew nothing of Hilda’s grandmother’s financial situation and was […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Eight

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight: The German Consulate It was a warm and sunny November morning when Hilda drove across the Golden Gate Bridge towards the German Consulate. She was accompanied by the friend who travelled with her to Berlin. The California sun had risen into a clear, […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Seven

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven: The Fall of the Wall As soon as the meeting at the German Consulate had been arranged, more materials arrived from the District Court in Charlottenburg, Berlin. Hilda’s contact at the Land Registry (Grundbach) replied to the second inquiry within a day of […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Six

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Six

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Six: 1936, An Olympic Year It was not easy to understand the 1936 transaction. If the property qualified as abandoned and was sold in March, it coincided with a time when the Nazis were camouflaging their public targeting of Jews in […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Five

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Five

Chapter Five: Revelation Hilda Stein’s  trust that she would hear from the Grundbuch Charlottenburg was diminishing. It was six weeks since the tour of Berlin and the lady had promised a response within a month. Then it arrived as a large, bulky envelope, carrying foreign […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Four

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Four

Chapter Four: The Vienna Connection Hilda Stein would resume her family investigations once she reached Vienna. At home she still possessed her parent’s original Austrian passports, each printed with a red “J”  on the cover alongside the swastika and German eagle. They had left Austria […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Three

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Grundbach Charlottenburg Hilda Stein enjoyed a good night’s sleep on Sunday, happy that she had begun her investigation and pleased that she would visit the Amtsgericht Charlottenburg on Tuesday. She was over her jet lag.The following day was spent with the tour group […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Two

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter Two

Chapter Two: A Surprise Welcome. The six story building across the road, with its steeply pitched black roof, cream walls and neatly trimmed windows and balconies, appeared elegant and stylish, and was one of few nearby constructions that survived the war. New post-war architecture had […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter One

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Chapter One

Chapter One: Going Away. Hilda Stein, seated on the sofa in her front room, stared at the tightly closed carry-on suitcase that only days before had arrived empty via Federal Express. Now all the clothes and personal items she considered necessary for a two week […]

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Introduction

ABANDONED IN BERLIN: Introduction

The novella,“Abandoned in Berlin”, is a historical mystery, tracking the experiences of a Jewish family escaping the Nazis in Berlin during the late 1930’s. The family comprised a mother and two daughters. The father died of natural causes in December 1929 when the youngest child […]