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By Arthur O. Klein

An Unplanned Roundtrip recounts writer Arthur O. Klein's transition from existence in a center type Jewish domestic in prewar Nineteen Thirties Vienna to a brand new existence 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 relatives in August 1938 as he and his father have been compelled to go away his mom and sister and flee to Luxembourg and their eventual reunion in September 1939. Klein describes relocating via France, Spain, Portugal and Cuba ahead of arriving within the U.S. in early 1945, the place he was once instantly drafted into the U.S. military. His memoir incorporates a description of his education as a distinct Agent of the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps and of his eventual discharge after a major vehicle coincidence in West Germany in December 1946.

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Being naturally curious, I decided to go in, asking my mother and sister to wait outside. Once inside, I observed a fascinating scene. Apparently this hotel was reserved for German officers. From the lobby of the hotel I could see into a large room with a bar where several German officers were drinking. Their loud conversations were all conducted in German. Judging by their uniforms, these officers belonged to many different branches of the German military. Practically everyone was accompanied by one or more elegantly dressed women.

In mid-June, the news about the fall of Paris became official. We also learned that Fascist Italy’s Benito Mussolini had joined victorious Germany in the “Coup de Grace” by declaring war on Great Britain and France. The Italian army then actually invaded France by penetrating into France a few kilometers and occupying a narrow strip of France along the Cote D’Azur near Nice. ” This name was retained even after Japan entered World War II to form an alliance with Germany and Italy. The continuing stream of bad news in the following days included the news of the nomination of Maréchal Pétain as president of France (now called l’état Francais).

S. Embassy in Vichy. There was consistently a gloomy atmosphere at the social club. All kinds of ideas were discussed as to how to escape the menacing presence of the Nazis. After we left Vienna in August 1938, my father had made number of personal contacts in Belgium, where he spent extended periods of time. My father left again for Belgium with the intention of trying to obtain an immigration visa for one of the South American countries. Sometime in mid-July or early August 1940, we received a letter from my father in Bruxelles informing us that he had successfully contacted a Cuban official there and had hopes that he would soon be able to negotiate the purchase of a Cuban immigration visa for us.

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