We Were Lucky - Despite Everything

Children & Young Adult, Children's Books, Children's Books Age 10+, Children's Books History, Non-Fiction Children

To Tel Aviv and back: the story of an emigration

Thea Saalheimer was nineteen in 1939 when she fled from the Nazi horrors of Germany and ended up in Tel Aviv. There, she fell in love with Max Wolffsohn and, fifteen years later, the two of them returned to Germany together with their seven-year-old son, Michael, who has since grown up to be a historian and expert on the Middle East. What did Thea and her family experience during the Nazi period? And what happened during their emigration to a country foreign to them in every way imaginable? Why did they eventually move back to the country of their persecutors?

• Drawing from the history of his parents and his own childhood, Wolffsohn describes the life of a Jewish family from the 1920s to the 1950s

Michael Wolffsohn

Micheal Wolffsohn was born in Tel Aviv to German-Jewish parents who fled to Palestine in 1939. His family returned to Germany in 1954, and Wolffsohn was Professor of Contemporary History at the Munich Bundeswehruniversität from 1981 until 2012.

We Were Lucky - Despite Everything

To Tel Aviv and back: the story of an emigration

Thea Saalheimer was nineteen in 1939 when she fled from the Nazi horrors of Germany and ended up in Tel Aviv. There, she fell in love with Max Wolffsohn and, fifteen years later, the two of them returned to Germany together with their seven-year-old son, Michael, who has since grown up to be a historian and expert on the Middle East. What did Thea and her family experience during the Nazi period? And what happened during their emigration to a country foreign to them in every way imaginable? Why did they eventually move back to the country of their persecutors?

• Drawing from the history of his parents and his own childhood, Wolffsohn describes the life of a Jewish family from the 1920s to the 1950s

Bibliographic Data
240 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-76331-8
First published 2021