lost and found – 2

If you read yesterday’s post, please read Kate’s comment: she has translated the writing and commentated on the circumstances so much better than I could.  For some reason I thought Levy was a man: it is much more poignant to discover she was a girl, probably young, unmarried.

These are the books I found the card in.  I was first attracted to them by their size and the patterns on their covers.  They are all inscribed U. Levy, Apirl, 1936.  One contains a newspaper clipping and a slip advertising books or a bookshop.

There were other similar books in the shop when I bought these, but I felt I couldn’t justify buying more – after all, I can’t even read them.  I left one with a newspaper clipping inside it, very short, about why the dream of a home in Palestine could be reality.

I wish I knew how these precious books came to Scotland.  There is such a distance in time, space and experience between this little village in 2012 and the streets of Berlin in 1936.  As Kate says, the books and the postcard survived a raging storm.    I only hope Uschi Levy and Ursel Lindemann found safe harbours and a place to call home.

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2 thoughts on “lost and found – 2”

  1. Ah, the inscription date in the books makes sense of the ‘Drucksache’ marked near the stamp on the card. I had wondered why a postcard would need ‘Printed matter’ inscribed on it, as a postcard should be self explanatory. It is therefore perfectly possible that the card came affixed to a parcel of these books. What a shame you didn’t get the one with the Palestine article in it – that is possibly taking you closer to the real purpose of the exchange and confirms the ethnic identities of the Us. Can you go back to the shop to trace it?

  2. I’ll pop in and have a look but I fear they have probably gone – they were on the top shelf in what is really Dundee’s biggest and greatest junk shop which was completely rearranged since I bought these. I wonder if they survived that process … all the more poignant. I think the article must have been added later, as it was in English.

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