The Lindemeyers were an affluent, very closely knit family living in Dusseldorf. They were also among a minority of German Christian families of Jewish origin. Georg was a lawyer and a scholar of classics, as well as a writer and a linguist, his wife Frieda was a staunch member of the Evangelical Church, devoted to her husband and three children, Eva-Maria, Edith and Wolfgang. After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, the Lindemeyers, like all 'non-Aryans', began to be discriminated against. Realising that the climate of the country was increasingly hostile to them, they managed to send their three children to England. As the war began, and the oppression against the Jews intensified, George and Frieda tried desperately to move to England themselves. They never succeeded. In 1941, they were sent off to a concentration camp in Minsk where they both died. The letters in this book begin in 1937 when Edith, the first of the children, left home, and end in 1941, on the day George and Frieda were deported to Minsk. They are the letters of any loving parent: full of deep affection, pride and anxiety.
And they are also a testament to the immense courage of the family as they struggle to remain strong, hopeful that they will one day be together again. Written simply and straight from the heart, A Thousand Kisses is the deeply moving story of an extraordinary family and their tragic fate.
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Author Biography - Frieda Lindemeyer
A Note on the authors Georg Lindemeyer was born in 1887 in the Rhineland, Germany. He was educated in Bonn and Heidelberg universities and went on to become a successful lawyer in Dusseldorf. He was also a novelist, poet and critic and a scholar of law. Frieda Lindemeyer was born in 1893 in Berlin. She married Georg Lindemeyer in 1915 and had three children with him: Eva Maria, Edith and Wolfgang. The couple were deported by the Nazi government to a concentration camp in Minsk in 1941 and died there. A Note on the Editor Dr Christoph Mos is a researcher in the Krupp Historical Archive in Essen. He is a specialist on the German Jews of the National Socialist era. He has written many book and articles on the subject and edited the original, German edition of A Thousand Kisses. A Note on the Translator Katharina Bielenberg has worked in publishing and more recently as a freelance editor and translator.