In 1938, my grandparents, sensing the growing anti-Semitism in Germany, sent my mother to live in America, all by herself. She was twelve years old. She was part of an unknown American rescue operation later named “the One Thousand Children,” which sought to place child refugees in foster families to escape Nazi persecution. The children knew little of what was happening to them, and my mother would not know her whole story until just a few years ago.
Today, seventy-three years after she first came to America, her story is available in bookstores and online.