By Thomas Buergenthal
Thomas Buergenthal, now a pass judgement on within the overseas courtroom of Justice in
Now devoted to assisting these subjected to tyranny in the course of the international, Buergenthal writes his tale with an easy readability that highlights the stark info of incredible trouble. A fortunate baby is a booklet that calls for to be learn by way of all.
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His parents lived in a village on a farm that belonged to a wealthy Polish landowner whose extensive agricultural estate was administered by my paternal grandfather, an unusual occupation for a Jew at that time in that part of the world. The Polish landowner had been my grandfather’s commanding officer in the Austrian army and took him into his service when they both returned to private life. Eventually, he put my grandfather in charge of his many farms. Pages from the hotel prospectus of Haus Godal, the Buergenthal family hotel in Lubochna Pages from the hotel prospectus of Haus Godal, the Buergenthal family hotel in Lubochna The nearest high school my father could attend was located in a town some distance away.
Not long after the Communist regime collapsed in Czechoslovakia in December of 1989, I finally managed to obtain my birth certificate. It confirmed what I had claimed in my many affidavits and provided the impetus for a visit by my wife, Peggy, and me to Lubochna — she out of curiosity to see where I was born, and I in order to connect with that one piece of land on earth where I first opened my eyes. We reached Lubochna, a small resort town in the lower Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia, after driving for a few hours on winding roads, alongside noisy brooks and meandering rivers, from Bratislava, its capital.
He rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming an officer of the bank at a relatively young age due to his success in helping to manage the bank’s investment portfolio. His position at the bank and his brother-in-law’s social contacts enabled him to meet many writers, journalists, and actors living in Berlin. The rise of Hitler and the ever-increasing attacks by his followers on Jews and anti-Nazi intellectuals, quite a number of whom were friends of my father, prompted him to leave Germany and settle in Lubochna.