Memories from the 20th Century

From Weimar Germany to American Exile


These “Memories from the 20th century” are an unique document, an autobiographical collection of chapters of life of a young German emigrée who escaped with his parents to the USA. Being the adopted son of the later famous mathematician and political activist Emil Julius Gumbel (1891–1966), married to Marie Louise von Czettritz, the author describes the circumstances of their life, first in Heidelberg, where the family was attacked by Nazi’s already before 1933, their life in France during the first exile, the dramatic way out in 1940, and their settlement in the USA. The memoirs of the end of the Weimar Republic and the years in exile are written from the perspective of a growing boy aged 12 to 20. In the second part the author describes his way in the USA, his study, his professional career as an engineer, and his own family life.