Thank you, Yoav, for this fascinating and – for me – touching introduction to Moshe Menuhin and his book !
I am the writer of the Argentum Post which is my form of literary peace through justice activism and relate enormously to what Menuhin expresses, and in addition I also have been influenced by my grandfather who left Berlin in 1935 for the USSR due to the approaching Nazi threat, and after the war he left the USSR for Haifa, Palestine in 1945 where he acclimatized and became a Palestinian citizen, only to then feel compelled to leave again in 1948 and for analogous reasons he left Berlin, namely the violent, supremacist, racist, nationalist Zionist take over, which where also the same reasons that led my parents to be forced to leave Berlin in 1938, after being declared stateless and to travel to the only country which would issue them a visa, namely Bolivia where I was born.
To add insult to injury, my parents had to leave separately from Berlin, and when my father arrived in Callao, Peru for the rail trip to La Paz, Bolivia, since Bolivia is landlocked, the Peruvian immigration officer told him that he could not disembark and that he had to leave on the same freighter he arrived (with only $ 10.00 in his wallet) to go back to Marseilles let, because the Zionist Organization of the World had the undue influence over the corrupt politicians in Lima to not allow poor Jews to disembark as they were needed for the Palestine colonization project…
Given that it was 1938, if he had been returned to said freighter destined for Marseilles, he would have been taken to an extermination camp once he arrived back there.
Adrenaline and luck however, led my father to be given an escape path to a nearby freight train rail yard whereto he ran and then jumped on a hay freight wagon which was destined for La Paz, Bolivia.
Leon Spitzer, whose Austrian parents had a somewhat similar experience, wrote a book on it titled “Hotel Bolivia”.
Thank you very much ! I will acquire Moshe Menuhin’s book.