By Arthur O. Klein
An Unplanned Roundtrip recounts writer Arthur O. Klein's transition from existence in a center category Jewish domestic in prewar Nineteen Thirties Vienna to a brand new lifestyles as an American citizen after serving within the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps in 1947. starting with the access of Adolf Hitler into Vienna in March 1938, Klein's memoir info the next separation of his kinfolk in August 1938 as he and his father have been compelled to depart his mom and sister and flee to Luxembourg and their eventual reunion in September 1939. Klein describes relocating via France, Spain, Portugal and Cuba sooner than arriving within the U.S. in early 1945, the place he was once instantly drafted into the U.S. military. His memoir incorporates a description of his education as a different Agent of the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps and of his eventual discharge after a major vehicle coincidence in West Germany in December 1946.
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A middle-aged French lady with a frightened facial expression immediately opened the door of her house and the translator informed her in French that she was to provide sleeping accommodations for the three of us. The French woman was obviously scared by the harsh orders barked at her and responded in French to the translator that she would comply with his order. She brought us to a room which had a typical French bed with a very soft mattress and a cot. M. We quickly dressed, brushed our teeth and packed our luggage.
I was lost in a very pleasant daydream when I suddenly heard airplanes approaching. I looked up and saw two planes circling each other. To my surprise, I heard the unmistakable noise of machinegun fire and realized that the planes were both firing at each other. The skirmish lasted about a minute, and then the two planes went off in different directions, and absolute calm returned to Biarritz. To this day I wonder whether I had seen an actual dogfight or a training practice run. In any event it reminded me of the grim reality of our situation at the camp and that it was time to return.
In the following days, there was less and less military activity with fewer soldiers present in the square and in the streets of Luxembourg City. No other British or French planes appeared over Luxembourg City in the following days. However, the prisoners of war trains kept coming and we saw many more thousands of prisoners in khaki uniforms passing through the Luxembourg railroad station. Each day following May 10 became successively more depressing. The newspapers now contained only German-controlled news.
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