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By Arthur O. Klein

An Unplanned Roundtrip recounts writer Arthur O. Klein's transition from existence in a center category Jewish domestic in prewar Thirties Vienna to a brand new lifestyles as an American citizen after serving within the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps in 1947. starting with the access of Adolf Hitler into Vienna in March 1938, Klein's memoir information the next separation of his relations in August 1938 as he and his father have been compelled to depart his mom and sister and flee to Luxembourg and their eventual reunion in September 1939. Klein describes relocating via France, Spain, Portugal and Cuba earlier than arriving within the U.S. in early 1945, the place he used to be instantly drafted into the U.S. military. His memoir incorporates a description of his education as a unique Agent of the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps and of his eventual discharge after a major automobile coincidence in West Germany in December 1946.

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My sister and I could walk to some of them from our apartment. The Vieux Port was a rectangular inlet with a narrow opening on the seaside. It jutted into the downtown section of Marseille. At times a French warship would enter the Vieux Port and anchor there for days, apparently to remind the warring nations that Vichy France was still in control of a large and powerful navy. We enjoyed a rather pleasant existence except for the disquieting news about the war that was raging around us. Nonetheless, the British offensive in Vichy France Fall of 1940–December 7, 1941 39 Lybia had started to have some initial successes by conquering the city of Tobruk located along the Mediterranean coast.

Then, after some stiff saluting, all the men of the SS detachment mounted a truck and departed. ” We had learned enough by then about the mores of the German military to realize that we had just had the good fortune of being transferred to the custody of the Wehrmacht, a more benign branch of the German military. We were ordered to get into the trucks after what appeared to be a friendly discussion between the captain and Rabbi Serebrenik. They were both tall, slender and good looking men, about the same age and under other circumstances could have been great friends.

We had now slept on this train for two consecutive nights. Since we had arrived at the Spanish border, I thought that we soon would be out of the jurisdiction of the SS guards. We all followed with fascination every move that was made by the SS and the German Wehrmacht soldiers as well as the Spanish army and border guards. Franco Spain had just won its bloody civil war the year before, and Germany had just conquered France barely a month earlier. I first noticed that the Spanish border gendarmerie all wore some curious looking triangular hats and side arms in holsters.

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