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Ein Leben in vier Welten 1912-1996

  • Physicians
  • Centralverein Deutscher Staatsbürger Jüdischen Glaubens.
  • Women Authors
  • World War
  • 1939-1945.
  • National Socialism
  • Kristallnacht
  • 1938
  • Revolution
  • 1918-1919
  • Zionism
  • Musicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology


The memoirs were written 1995 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Description of the author's family history and Jewish life in Posen. Ellen's paternal great-grandfather Raffael Loewenfeld was a friend of Leon Tolstoi, who first translated his work into German. He was the founder of the Berlin Schiller theater and participated in the foundation of the "Centralverein" (CV). Ellen Strauss' family include the physician and feminist Rahel Straus, the actress Lilli Palmer (Peiser) and the Socialist politician Jaques Servan Schreiber. The author's mother Marta Schreiber was educated in languages and literature. She married the pharmacist Georg Peiser in 1911. Description of the bourgeoise family household. Recollections of Imperial Germany. Importance of music in the family. Outbreak of World War One. Birth of her brother Hans in 1915. Aftermath of World War One. End of the German rule in Posen and move to Berlin. Impact of the inflation in 1923. Difficult new start for the family. Ellen and her brother attended one of the first co-educated schools in Germany, the "Berlin Waldschule". After graduation she enrolled in the "Frauenschule" in Dahlem, where she received a training in children's care and psychology. Desicion to became a pharmacist. Rising National Socialism. Death of her mother in 1933. During that time Ellen became active in a Zionist organization and took lessons in Hebrew. Journey to France in her new car. Recollections of the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. Emigration to Palestine in 1938. Reunition with her brother Hans, who had already left in 1936. Life of her brother Hans (Chaim) in the kibbuz. Their father stayed in Berlin, where he got remarried, and the couple was able to leave for Argentine in 1939. Ellen settled in Tel-Aviv, where she found work in a pharmacy. Courtship with Hans Strauss, who worked as a driving teacher. Marriage in September 1939. Social life. Birth of their daughter Ruth Miriam in September 1945. Arab riots. Declaration of the

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