Synopses & Reviews
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.
Born into a middle-class doctor's family, young Ruth Liepman was raised in Hamburg, Germany, studied law, and found herself drawn increasingly toward the ideals of communism. In 1933 she fled to Holland. In simple, forthright, and sparklingly honest prose, noted literary agent Ruth Liepman shares her amazing life story--one that encompassed two world wars and the collapse of empires--and her love of books and writers.
About the Author
Ruth Liepman lives in Zurich.
John A. Broadwin lives in California.
Table of Contents
The First World War
Hamburg and the Lichtwark School
Member of the KPD
Legal Studies in Hamburg and Berlin
Exile in Holland
After the German Invasion
Life in the Underground
Hamburg after the War—Heinz Liepman
The Literary Agency
Authors, Books, Friends