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Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism

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In the 1930s, many tens of thousands of people fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe found refuge in Latin America. And in the short, terrifying months between the Anschluss and Kristallnacht in 1938 and the outbreak of World War II, Bolivia was one of the few remaining places in the entire world to accept Jewish refugees; more than twenty thousand Central Europeans were soon rema ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Hill & Wang (first published August 1st 1957)
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Sharon
Sep 10, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
My grandparents were part of the group described in this book, survivors who escaped from the concentration camps who took refuge in Bolivia from the war, where my mother was eventually born and raised. Given the personal connection I found it fascinating.
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Aug 12, 2009 Maira rated it really liked it
"Indeed, in the panic months following the German Anschluss of Austria in March 1938 and Kristallnacht in November of that year, Bolivia was one of very few remaining places in the entire world to accept Jewish refugees. In the short period between then and the end of the first year of World War II, some twenty thousand refugees, primarily from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, entered Bolivia-more than in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India combined. When the war ended, a se ...more
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Mar 26, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
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Both enlightening and disturbing, Hotel Bolivia is an account of the lives of German refugees in Bolivia during WW II.

The author draws heavily on interviews with and documents from his family. His parents emigrated to Bolivia during the war and he was born shortly after their arrival.

The prose is dense and, at times, difficult to navigate. But the topic is riveting. The reader is provided with enough details about the encroachment of Nazi Germany to provoke reflection of the "what would I do?"
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