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Maybe Luck Isn't Just Chance (Jewish Lives)

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In simple, forthright and honest prose, noted literary agent Ruth Liepman shares her amazing life story - one that saw two world wars and the collapse of empires - and her love of books and writers. Born into a middle-class doctor's family, the young Ruth Lilienstein was raised in Hamburg, studied law, and found herself drawn increasingly toward the ideals of the Communist Party. When Hitler came to power in 1933, she had to flee because of her political activism, not because she was Jewish; she settled in Holland, where she remained until late 1945. There she worked for the Swiss consul, acquiring a Swiss passport and thus protection. When the Nazis occupied Amsterdam, she was able to continue vital work helping many refugees get visas out of Europe, fix their passports, hide their families, even risking her own life by going back into Nazi Germany. Eventually she found herself in danger and was hidden by a Dutch family in the countryside. Soon after the end of the war, Ruth returned to Hamburg, where she married the journalist Heinz Liepman. In 1949 they started what would become one of the most respected literary agencies in the world. Ruth runs the agency to this day, and she includes in this book many thoughts and reflections on her years working with books and authors.

Synopsis:

Born into a middle-class doctor's family, Ruth Lilienstein was raised in Hamburg, studied law, and found herself drawn toward the ideals of the Communist Party. When Hitler came to power she had to flee because of her political activism, not because she was Jewish. She settled in Holland, where she worked for the Swiss consul, continuing vital work helping many refugees getting out of Europe, fix their passports, and hide their families. After the war, she returned to Hamburg and with her husband started one of the most respected literary agencies in the world. A story of a life of commitment, idealism, and courage, Maybe Luck Isn't Just Chance is a compelling and engrossing tale.

About the Author

Ruth Liepman lives in Zurich.

John A. Broadwin lives in California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Introduction

Childhood

The First World War

Hamburg and the Lichtwark School

Member of the KPD

Legal Studies in Hamburg and Berlin

Werner Bockelmann

Exile in Holland

After the German Invasion

Life in the Underground

Hamburg after the War—Heinz Liepman

The Literary Agency

Zurich

Authors, Books, Friends

Epilogue

Historical Postscript

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810112940
Translator:
Broadwin, John A.
Author:
Broadwin, John
Translator:
Broadwin, John A.
Author:
Liepman, Ruth
Author:
Broadwin, John A.
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Liepman, Ruth
Subject:
Literary agents -- Germany -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Number:
Translated
Edition Description:
Translated Hardcover
Series:
Jewish Lives (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
19980114
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
125
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.5 in

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Born into a middle-class doctor's family, Ruth Lilienstein was raised in Hamburg, studied law, and found herself drawn toward the ideals of the Communist Party. When Hitler came to power she had to flee because of her political activism, not because she was Jewish. She settled in Holland, where she worked for the Swiss consul, continuing vital work helping many refugees getting out of Europe, fix their passports, and hide their families. After the war, she returned to Hamburg and with her husband started one of the most respected literary agencies in the world. A story of a life of commitment, idealism, and courage, Maybe Luck Isn't Just Chance is a compelling and engrossing tale.

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