Ten green bottles : Vienna to Shanghai : journey of fear and hope
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Ten green bottles : Vienna to Shanghai : journey of fear and hope

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Ten green bottles : Vienna to Shanghai : journey of fear and hope
Call No: 951.132 K17t

Call Number951.132 K17t
Dates2002; ©2002
Statement of ResponsibilityVivian Jeanette Kaplan.
Creators & ContributorsKaplan, Vivian Jeanette (author)

To Nini Karpel, growing up in Vienna during the 1920s was a romantic confection. Whether schussing down ski slopes or speaking of politics in coffee houses, she cherished the city of her birth. But in the 1930s an undercurrent of conflict and hate began to seize the former imperial capital. This struggle came to a head when Hitler took possession of neighboring Germany. Anti-Semitism, which Nini and her idealistic friends believed was impossible in the socially advanced world of Vienna, became widespread and virulent.

The Karpel's Jewish identity suddenly made them foreigners in their own homeland. Tormented, disenfranchised, and with a broken heart, Nini and her family sought refuge in a land seven thousand miles across the world.

Shanghai, China, one of the few countries accepting Jewish immigrants, became their new home and refuge. Stepping off the boat, the Karpel family found themselves in a land they could never have imagined. Shanghai presented an incongruent world of immense wealth and privilege for some and poverty for the masses, with opium dens and decadent clubs as well as rampant disease and a raging war between nations. 

Ten Green Bottles is the story of Nini Karpel's struggles as she told it to her daughter Vivian so many years ago. This true story depicts the fierce perseverance of one family, victims of the forces of evil, who overcame suffering of biblical proportion to survive. It was a time when ordinary people became heroes. —Book Jacket

  1. Papa 1921
  2. Changes 1922
  3. Remembrance 1923
  4. Vienna 1926
  5. Growing up 1931
  6. Politics 1934
  7. Poldi 1936
  8. Passover story 1937
  9. Letters from Italy 1938
  10. Anschluss 1938
  11. The devil's warrior 1938
  12. Means one scape 1938
  13. Kristallnacht November 1938
  14. Farewell January 1939
  15. Purge in Italy January 1939
  16. Fatal miscalculation February 1939
  17. Departure 1939
  18. The voyage 1939
  19. Shanghai 1939
  20. The French concession 1939
  21. The club 1939
  22. Beshert 1939
  23. We are married 1940
  24. Return to Shanghai 1940
  25. Ten green bottles 1940-1941
  26. Pearl Harbor 1941
  27. Hongkew 1942-1943
  28. Survival 1944
  29. Life in Hongkew 1944-1945
  30. The war continues 1943-1945
  31. Bombs fall in Hongkew 1945
  32. Victory 1945
  33. The shock of the Holocaust 1945
  34. Life after the war 1946
  35. All's well 1947
  36. The communists 1948
  37. The ship 1949
  38. Toronto February 1949
Physical Description x, 285 pages ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherToronto : Robin Brass Studio
RecognitionGifted in 2014 by Andrew Rosengarten