Why Read Abandoned in Berlin? – A Message from Hilda.
This unique novel tells the story of my family who were upper middle class, living in the Wilmersdorf District of Berlin before the war. They had everything taken away from them by 1936 under the direction of a Nazi Guardianship Court who supposedly controlled the well-being of my mother who was a teenager at the time. Since her father had died and her mother could not be legally trusted to look after her, the Court was in charge of her welfare. Several years previously she had inherited a significant portion of the family property under German inheritance rules, and the Nazis were intent on taking ownership of this building.
This is the story of how my family lost their livelihood to the Nazis, as revealed to me from materials I found in my garage and legal and real estate documents provided by the German authorities. It also describes what happened to them thereafter, both during the war and subsequently when the fighting was over.
As I hear of new experiences from World War II and Hitler’s treatment of the Jews, I find it hard to believe that one man could have done so much harm. My story illustrates how the German government, even after the war, treated Jews unfairly.
(This is apartment block I found June 2016, that suffered little damage during WW II)