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    • Michael
    • 06.09.13 | 22:33 (IDT)

    I'm an American Jew--grew up with some Yiddish. Studied German in high school. . In 1963 I spend my junior year abroad in Germany. I wanted to understand the culture that gave us Beethoven and Hitler. Most folks thought I was crazy, but I was young. Went to a Goethe Institute to learn German--in the city of Arolsen in Hessen. In the language lab. I remember one teachers telling me, he would help me get rid of the "Yiddish accent." I had a room in a German woman's home. She was about 50; her husband had been killed in the war. I asked her for German conversation practice in the afternoon when I got from class. She agreed. For weeks it was fine, and my German greatly improved. One day she asked if I wanted a beer. I said sure. And then we had another. Then she said, ", ich moechte ihnen etwas zeigen." She wanted to show me something. She was very excited. She went in the other room and brought out a book and showed it to me. It was "Mein Kampf" autographed by Adolf Hitler himself. I must have turned white because she exclaimed, "Herr___. Sie sind aber nicht juedisch?" Mr.___, surely you're not Jewish!! Ya, ich sagte. Ich bin juedisch.--Yes, I said, I am Jewish! If folks want to hear the rest of the story, let me hear from you.

    from the article: The hazards of dating while Jewish in Berlin
    First published 09:55 08.08.13 | Last updated 09:55 08.08.13
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