Renate G Justin, MD

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The last time Renate Justin felt safe she was eight years old.  It was May 1, 1934, and the Nazis were marching in the streets of Germany.  In her memoir, Renate G. Justin describes her experience as a Jewish child in Germany–the loss of friends, teachers, and innocence. 

She is sent away in the middle of the night–without siblings or parents–to a boarding school in Holland.  Meanwhile, her father is sent to a concentration camp, and her mother makes a daring attempt to get him released. 

Miraculously, the family reunites, and with the help of the Quakers and others, they travel to America to make a new home.  Here, too, however, they find a world of prejudice–and kindness–both of which impact their lives.  Renate helps European refugee children in NYC and  eventually attends medical school and becomes a family physician.  In a final blow of anti-Semitism, her talented granddaughter, a student at Wesleyan University, is murdered for nothing more than being Jewish.

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