(This post is a continuation of my father’s letter explaining his “reason for emigration,” which he wrote in Cuba in 1938-9. This is part 10 of 10.)
Because we had set the packing appointment for November 7th, 8th, and 9th, we could not leave earlier to pick up our visas in Hamburg. Instead, we needed to postpone our trip until our things had been packed. This was a very fortunate event, but more about that later.
I achieved ridding myself of the entire stock of lumber, including the warehouse, by October 30th, and on the 1st of November, I dragged myself to our accountant, Erich Fischer, to look over our final balance. The next day, November 2nd, I handed in the documentation to the tax and revenue office of Eisenach.
At the same time, I removed my firm from the registry of companies and deregistered myself from the economics group, the factory inspectorate, etc., and my head was finally clear and I could completely dedicate myself to the emigration.
On the morning of the 7th of November, the packers of Krausse and the Firm Peyser of Berlin met with other packers of the moving firm of Karl Steinert and began to pack up glasses and china. Early Tuesday morning, an official was supposed to show up from the customs office, but because no one appeared before 1 PM, the truck departed, and it turned out either our dispatch was forgotten or there was no official available for the dispatch.
After all the customs documents for the cigar factory of J.H. Bruns were entrusted into my care, I drove to deliver them to the dispatch official for the tax and customs declaration for tobacco.
The packing of all things went smoothly and all of the lists, which were to be handed over to the customs official, were not handed over because, as mentioned earlier, no official appeared. This was partly out of laziness, or perhaps out of integrity, or even simply out of ignorance.
About 5 o’clock on November 8th, Mother’s lift was packed and officially sealed.
On this night, every house was placarded with posters containing the following content:
REVENGE FOR WRATH, HOW MUCH LONGER?
EVEN IN THIS HOUSE LIVES A REPRESENTATIVE
OF THIS CRIMINAL RACE
OUT WITH THE JEWS!
WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THEM.
On the next morning, the 9th of November, we started to pack our lift and at about 4 PM in the afternoon, the lift van from Steinert brought our load to the freight depot, which would be transferred that same evening in Hamburg.
Through my inner anxiousness, we had decided that we would depart immediately after the packing, in order to pick up the visas at the Cuban consulate in Hamburg.
Without joking, I must say that an inner voice counseled me to leave Eisenach as quickly as possible, because some unforeseen thing could happen.
Actually, we wanted to leave at 6 PM, from Eisenach to Hamburg, however, Miss Walther from Gotha came to us at that time to deliver our ordered clothes and suits. Therefore, our departure was delayed and we had to catch the 11 PM train.