By Arthur O. Klein
An Unplanned Roundtrip recounts writer Arthur O. Klein's transition from lifestyles in a center type Jewish domestic in prewar Nineteen Thirties Vienna to a brand new existence 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 information the next separation of his family members in August 1938 as he and his father have been pressured 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 prior to arriving within the U.S. in early 1945, the place he used to be instantly drafted into the U.S. military. His memoir encompasses a description of his education as a unique Agent of the U.S. military Counter Intelligence Corps and of his eventual discharge after a major automobile coincidence in West Germany in December 1946.
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After a few hours, the convoy stopped at a square facing a railroad station. The commanding officer of the SS guards ordered us to collect our suitcases and get out of the buses. We walked single file and stood in front of the railroad station. After receiving a signal from the commanding officer the buses left. The commanding officer, flanked by the remainder of the SS detachment, told us that we would spend the night in this French town and that we would be escorted further by railroad all the way to the Spanish-Portuguese border.
From the lobby of the hotel I could see into a large room with a bar where several German officers were drinking. Their loud conversations were all conducted in German. Judging by their uniforms, these officers belonged to many different branches of the German military. Practically everyone was accompanied by one or more elegantly dressed women. Judging by their difficulty of carrying on conversations, I assumed that all of the women were French and spoke very little German. After taking this all in, I quickly slid back out the door without being seen.
Our life had become better but extremely boring. The two meals a day were tasteless but edible. We spent our time playing cards and endlessly discussing the military situation with what little we knew. Several factions started to form, based on the differences of opinion among us as to how the war would eventually end. Even with our improved conditions, tensions rose and we frequently heard families arguing. There were just a few soldiers guarding the warehouse. We were not allowed to leave the building at any time.