“Your account of being interned as an ‘Enemy Alien’ in France at the beginning of the war is most unusual and it is interesting that you should end up ‘re-educating’ German prisoners of war in Wilton Park.” IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
“Interesting and moving war-time story. I will see that it is put into the official library with the other records of Bishop Bell.” THE BISHOP OF CHICHESTER
“Thanks for your valuable autobiography which we shall list in our bibliography.” LEO BAECK INSTITUTE
From The Jewish Chronicle:
Hart, a Jewish Berliner by birth, left Germany in 1933 after the rise of Hitler. He went to France and worked in the hotel industry. With the outbreak of the war in 1939, and the subsequent establishment of the Vichy regime, he was placed in different internment camps, and then enlisted in a Pioneer Corps for foreigners, little more than a prison by another name.
He effectively communicates the constant fear that, any day, the Vichy authorities would hand over all Jews to the Nazis.
A highlight is Hart's account of his journey over the Pyrenees into Franco's Spain in late 1942, from where he eventually gets to England to be conscripted into the Intelligence Corps.