by Rose Hanauer
My husband was a pharmacist too. He worked for another pharmacy in Berlin, but the political situation was already pretty bad!
My husband and I decided to do anything to get out of Germany, but it was already too late to be able to get out, Hitler had taken over Germany and made it nearly impossible for Jews to work or get out alive! My mother-in-law had taken a job as a maid in a private household in London, England. She figured she would be able to get her children out of Germany and she really did succeed. She became very friendly with her employers and they sponsored her and her daughter and us so that we got a permit to go to London!
My brother-at that time-the year was 1938- still thought Hitler would not be in power very long, one should wait!
My other brother lived in the U.S.A. for many years already. My family was really not in contact with him, but somehow he heard about all the happenings and tried to contact me! He finally did and asked me whether I would like to come to the U.S.A. Even though I liked England, I was eager to settle in America. So soon my brother sent me the necessary papers. In the meantime my marriage did not stand the difficult times and after three years of separation I got a divorce and was ready to begin a new life in a new country!
I arrived in New York City in 1947 and stayed with my cousin in their apartment. I soon found a job that paid very little, but soon I got a much better one where I stayed many enjoyable years!
After a few months my cousin and I moved into an apartment of an elderly couple where we lived very comfortable!
I joined a hiking club and after a few months I met Walter there and soon we got married and hopefully we shall have many more happy years together!
This is my story! I had good times and bad times and many happy memories and sad ones too!
I became an American citizen 2 years after I arrived in America which was in 1947. I love this country and am proud to be part of it.