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America:[ ] Only one of the families Heinz convinced to leave before the war wrote to him. When he decide to immigrate to America, they stopped corresponding with him. These betrayals increased his vulnerability and he came over with an ultra religious family. Heinz's job was to walk behind one of it's male members and carry his briefcase. It was not possible for me to ask how he broke away as I was terrified about his past vulnerability. He spoke without emotion and only once of this time in his life. Heinz worked in the Catskills at a holiday resort washing dishes. At night he was a bartender. He babysat the children of a rich Jewish divorcee. Heinz told this story many times as he laughedat the comedy of a dish washer being pursued by a rich woman. How would she explain to her familyshe wanted to marry a German? They will solve this problem. They will make him acceptable. They will make him a diretor. He woke out of this momentum as he was being fitted for a suit. Heinz escaped in the night. As each retelling of this story was ending, I emphasized as if it were a question, he had loved her children. Heinz would reply, yes, he had loved them very much. When the McCarthy era began, Heinz returned to Germany. He understood what had begun. Resistance forces had been communist. Answering the question of why he had left, Heinz spoke sharply. "Because I did not want to go back to f___ing prison.
GERMANY:Heinz arrived in Geramany and applied to emmigrate earned his passage working in a print shop, when machinery caught on fire a fifty dollar bonus was paid to the person who extinguished the fire, Heinz earned most of his passage with bonus money unpaid work:disciplining his stepchildren more unpaid work:convincing Christiane Pflug's mother to allow her to study in Paris