One Eye Laughing, The Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (Dear America Series)
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During the Nazi persecution of the Jews in Austria, twelve-year-old Julie escapes to America to live with her relatives in New York City.
their address in New York City, and that if we are to leave Vienna we will need an afﬁdavit from someone in America — someone who will vouch for us and assure the authorities that we will not become a burden to the American government. If we don’t get an afﬁdavit, we can’t get a visa, and if we can’t get a visa, we can’t get out of Vienna. Daddy said we can’t stay here — it isn’t safe. The Nazis want all the Jewish people out of Vienna. 106 9577_01_001-120_r6ek.qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 Page 107
she takes them for a walk in Central Park (which is right across the street). The dogs are so fat, their stomachs rub the ground. Mr. Esposito said that Uncle Martin once told Mrs. Lowenstein that she should put roller skates under each dog. Mr. Esposito calls her “The Mad Hatter” because of all the wild hats she wears. I must say that every time I’ve seen her, she has had on the most extravagant hat. When she gets on the elevator, Mr. Esposito says, “My, what a lovely hat you’re wearing today,
Uncle Martin: “swell,” which doesn’t mean to get large, and “baloney,” which has something to do with lying. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1938 This morning Uncle Martin gave me, Aunt Clara, and Susie presents, even though it’s his birthday. He believes that on your birthday you should give everyone you love a gift rather than the other way around. He gave Susie a box of Mallomars, Aunt Clara a silver necklace in a blue box that said TIFFANY & CO. on it, and a yo-yo and roller skates for me. Uncle
the camera clicks away. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1938 Mr. Allen invited me to visit. As soon as I came, he insisted I go to the bathroom and wash my hands. I don’t like the way his soap smells. It’s called Ivory — I guess because of the color. It says IVORY right on the soap. I told him I didn’t want to disturb him, but he said he was stuck and my company was most welcome. 161 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R 24 9577_02_121-210_r7ek.qxd 4/27/2000 20:36 Page 162 1
the way she says “dwelling” you would think it was the absolute worst thing a person could ever do in their life). She says it’s because I have so many planets in Libra. “Too much Libra for such a little girl,” she says, and then makes a little clicking sound with her tongue. I adore it when Milli makes that clicking sound, although she denies that she makes any sound at all, clicking or otherwise, and whenever I say something about it she says I should have The Doctor examine my ears. (Frankly I