Displaced Person: A Girl's Life in Russia, Germany, and by Ella E. Schneider Hilton

By Ella E. Schneider Hilton

In her relocating and deeply own memoir, Ella E. Schneider Hilton chronicles her extraordinary early life -- one who took her from the purges of Stalinist Russia to the refugee camps of Nazi and postwar Germany to the cotton fields of Jim Crow Mississippi sooner than granting her entry to the yankee dream. regardless of her challenging lifestyles as a refugee, Ella unearths solace in others and keeps her indomitably inquisitive spirit. all through her ordeals, she by no means relinquishes desire or sight of her aim of education.

Poignantly and freshly rendered, it is a story of choice. it's the tale of a woman stuck up first within the maelstrom of worldwide struggle II after which within the complexities of yankee southern tradition, adjusting to occasions past her keep an eye on with resiliency as she searches for religion, wisdom, and a spot within the world.

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They also had many priceless jewels that they sewed into their clothing and into their children’s clothing. Now the old clothes are being burnt. ” “They will keep them,” Mama said. Now fully dressed, the four of us were separated. We were told this was the Registration Department. The children were separated from their mothers, some kicking and screaming, and taken to an adjoining room. Close to my ear the whispered advice from my mama: “Ella, hold on to your sister. ” I took Sister Erika’s hand.

A soldier with not so fancy a uniform counted forty people to a freight car. People went scrambling for the car doors trying not to get separated. Children were crying for their mamas while families tried to find little ones who had wandered off. There were no steps, so people helped each other up onto the straw-covered floor of the freight car. We were grateful to be out of the driving snowstorm. We waited for hours in the locked freight car, until the explosions subsided somewhat. Then, at last, the train inched out of the station.

Turn your head. ” She pricked my earlobe. It really hurt. I cried out loud. I kept on screaming, hoping the nurse would not do anything else to me. Sister Erika started to cry. The nurse picked up my screaming sister and placed her on Mama’s lap.

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