The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

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The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

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Or that it was Erika Mann, Heinrich’s niece and Thomas Mann’s eldest daughter, who risked her life by sneaking into Nazi-dominated Munich in the summer of 1933 to rescue her father’s manuscript of Joseph and His Brothers from the Mann family home, which was then under constant Gestapo surveillance. Salka then moved to Klosters, Switzerland to be near Christina and Peter, who helped support his mother as she wrote her memoirs, published in 1969. As witnesses to this story, we might ask again: what does it say about our values that we have chosen to dismiss so large and estimable a life as Salka Viertel’s? VERDICT This is a study of a complex, openhearted woman who had a key role in saving the displaced while shaping mid-20th century Hollywood. The immigration procedures were daunting, for one, war refugees had to have someone sponsor them financially if they couldn’t prove they could be self-sufficient.

America’s own deeply rooted anti-Semitism, the eruptions of homegrown fascism that emerged in the 1930s with rallies sponsored by the Silver Shirts and the German American Bund, and widespread anti-immigrant sentiments stoked by such fearmongers as Father Coughlin were factors in the Roosevelt administration’s reluctance to alter strict immigration policies that had been further tightened during the Great Depression.Indeed, as war approach barely getting out alive as the Nazi holocaust against Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, intellectuals and artist engulfed Europe. com, the Sell on Etsy app, and the Etsy app, as well as the electricity that powers Etsy’s global offices and employees working remotely from home in the US. S. and settled in Klosters in Switzerland, where later, her son Peter and his second wife, actress Deborah Kerr, [2] lived.

This leaves read­ers won­der­ing: with lim­it­ed time at hand, is there val­ue to read­ing Rifkind, rather than Vier­tel her­self?Between cities, sons, and gigs, she also knocked out a screen treatment for Hungarian producer Gabriel Pascal. Her siblings were the composer and pianist Eduard Steuermann; Rosa (1891–1972), married from 1922 until her death to the actor and director Josef Gielen; and Polish national football player Zygmunt Steuermann, who perished during the Holocaust. With over 6 million of the world’s best eBooks to choose from, Kobo offers you a whole world of reading. Between 1933 and 1941, some 10,000 refugees from Germany and Austria settled in the greater Los Angeles area. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Or that it was Marta Feuchtwanger who planned and implemented the escape of her novelist husband Lion Feuchtwanger from the concentration camp at Les Milles in southern France at the end of the summer of 1940. Don­na Rifkind recounts Viertel’s life sto­ry fol­low­ing a fair­ly tra­di­tion­al chrono­log­i­cal path, with use­ful end­notes and a sprin­kling of pho­tos. The treatment of refugees was not at that time a political issue and it is not now, though it has become politicized in both eras. Members of Salka Viertel’s own family were among those refugees, as were hundreds of her friends and many more strangers. In 1953 she was unable to travel to Europe and see (by then, her ex-husband) Berthold before he died.Add to that sum the number of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that resulted from her rescues. It was there that she nested, art-directing her stage where she enjoyed her longest-running role as a salonniere, hosting guests on Sunday afternoons, introducing European intelligentsia to Hollywood power — and vice-versa. With her director husband Berthold, the couple established Die Truppe, a successful avant-garde theater in Germany, but disbanded as the economy collapsed, and Nazis began their attacks on all free artistic expression.



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