Maybe Luck Isn't Just Chance by Ruth Liepman
(Jewish Lives)

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Born into a middle-class doctor's family, Ruth Lilienstein was raised in Hamburg, studied law, and found herself drawn toward the ideals of the Communist Party. When Hitler came to power she had to flee because of her political activism, not because she was Jewish. She settled in Holland, where she worked for the Swiss consul, continuing vital work helping many refugees getting out of Europe, fix their passports, and hide their families. After the war, she returned to Hamburg and with her husband started one of the most respected literary agencies in the world. A story of a life of commitment, idealism, and courage, Maybe Luck Isn't Just Chance is a compelling and engrossing tale.

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Published January 14, 1998 by Northwestern University Press. 125 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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As German historian Inge Marssolek notes in the book's postscript, Lilienstein was one of the first lawyers dismissed by the Nazis on ``political and racial grounds.'' She fled to Amsterdam in 1934, acquired a neutral passport by marrying a sympathetic Swiss, and went to work for the Swiss consul...

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Noted Swiss literary agent Liepman recalls her youth in Germany before the Nazis came to power, the left-leaning political activism that drove her to flee to Holland and later Switzerland and the circumstances of her life during the war.

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