Delighted, proud and pleased to be parceling up 15 signed copies of Escaping Hitler, to be sent tomorrow by carrier to the Ortsgemeinde (Town Hall) in Joe’s birth village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. The Mayor, Herr Gottfried Busch has ordered the books as gifts for his special Civic guests. I am delighted to be able to fulfil this order and to know that yet more people can now learn about the life of that little boy who left their village with his anguished mother the morning after Kristallnacht after watching his father being arrested by the Gestapo. The family would never be seen in the village again.
We were fortunate to take the book to Koblenz and Nickenich in May this year, giving an illustrated presentation to an audience of over 80 people in Nickenich, and signing no less than 40 books, many to people whose parents and grandparents had known the Stern family during the 1920s and 1930s when they were an integral part of the community. These photos show me with Burgermeister Herr Busch at the signing and views of the village illustrating the importance of farming in the past. The houses do not have back gardens, they have rear yards with former barns and shelters for animals. It was like stepping back in time. Thank you Nickenich.