Kahn & Engelmann: A Novel by Hans Eichner

By Hans Eichner

A serious and advertisement luck in German, ''Kahn & Engelmann'' tells the tale of a Jewish family members from rural Hungary, their immigration to Vienna within the nice days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, their loves, enterprise ventures and failings, and their eventual tragic destruction. Narrated via Peter Engelmann, who needs in simple terms to fail to remember his previous, this hugely unique novel recreates a vanished Vienna with salty humor and humanity. In a voice that is attractive with no being sentimental, Peter describes his get away from the Nazis via snowy woods, his makes an attempt to begin a brand new lifestyles in England and Canada, and his selection to immigrate to Israel. Written via an eminent pupil, himself a survivor of Nazism, ''Kahn & Engelmann'' is either an exciting novel and a massive paintings of Holocaust literature.

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When the rabbi was finishing up his meal with his coffee, the coachman had already shut his eyes again. ” The story doesn’t say if the rabbi of Tarnopol continued on foot, but I have to assume he did. If that was the case, then he was following an old tradition of his people. In the course of the Jews’ long history, a good many things have been forbidden them, many by themselves (for example the lighting of a match on the Sabbath), many by others. In Hungary, for example, at the beginning of the nineteenth century the Jews were still forbidden to own property outside of the Judengasse, the Jewish street, to acquire the master craftsman’s diploma and to stay in the Hungarian mountain cities.

Boards and cart wheels were bought, the cart builder did the carpentry and József helped. In the evening hours he made comfortable walking shoes for the family, everything that could be sold was got rid of, and by the beginning of May they were ready: the cart was waiting outside their door. The loading of the cart, accompanied by the hooting and yelling of a dozen street urchins, took them hours: beds and chairs, sole leather and upper leather, tools and toys, clothes, plates and pots. There was a towering load on the cart.

33 So my grandmother, when she walked from her father’s estate to Tapolca, had followed a long tradition; but that was just the beginning. Now she had the task of convincing my grandfather of the necessity of going to Vienna. But you need only to take a look at the two people to know that she succeeded. Among the photographs I inherited from my mother, there is a studio portrait of my grandparents from the early twenties. My grandfather had dressed up for the picture. He is wearing a dark suit and a vest with a watch chain hanging from its middle buttonhole, a white shirt with a starched collar and a wide tie.

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