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[book cover] The Wolves at My Shadow

Ingelore Rothschild, edited by Darilyn Stahl Listort and Dennis Listort

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April 2017

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Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters

Biography & Memoir



About the Book

Ingelore Rothschild was twelve years old when she was whisked out of her home in 1936. It was her first step on a cross-continent journey to Japan, where she and her parents sought refuge from rising anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany. A decade later, as she sails away from what has become her home in Kobe, Japan, Ingelore records her memories of life in Berlin, the long train journey through Russia, and her time in Japan during World War II.

Each leg of the journey presents its own nightmare: passports are stolen, identities are uncovered, a mudslide tears through the Rothschild’s home, and the atomic bombs are dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Ingelore’s bright, observant nature and remarkable capacity for befriending those along her way fills her narrative with unique details about the people she meets and the places she travels to.

The story of Ingelore and her prominent German Jewish family’s escape is an invaluable account that contributes to Holocaust witness and memoir literature. Although she was forever marked by her traumatic past, Ingelore’s survival story is a painful reminder that only European Jews with significant financial means were able to carefully orchestrate an escape from Nazi Germany.


About the Editors

Darilyn Stahl Listort, daughter of Ingelore Rothschild and Harold Stahl, is a retired public school teacher, counselor, and school administrator.

Dennis Listort is a retired public school teacher and administrator. A poet and a freelance writer, his work has appeared in magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Writing Box, a work of adult contemporary fiction.



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DownloadPart I

We Sail to America

I Begin

The Calm Before the Storm

Deception and Dismay

My Birthday

Dark Clouds are Everywhere

Conditions Worsen

Sand Falls Through the Hourglass

Everything Worries Me

We Say Goodbye

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On My Own

Together Again

Seven Hundred Kilometres, More Goodbyes

A Major Catastrophe

A Bad Situation Becomes Worse

The Truth is Revealed

Our Secret is Safe

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

A Token of Friendship

The World of Garlic

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Japan is on the Horizon

The Earth Moves

Nature’s Violent Display

The War is Coming

The Americans Strike

The Emperor Speaks


The Time of My Life

Fate Intervenes

Another Story Begins