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1000 English Words

Still from the video interview with Werner Michael Blumenthal

Werner Michael Blumenthal fled with his parents and his sister from Berlin to Shanghai in spring 1939.

Translation of the interview with Werner Michael Blumenthal:

"My father was very proud that he learned Latin for ... what was it ... two years, but his English ... - and a little French - was really very, very poor, and my Mother knew even less. On the ship they had a book called 1000 English Words, which they eagerly studied morning, noon and night. So in Shanghai they were more or less able to get by with their English, with a strong German accent, but they could make their way around in English. My mother more so than my father. But we immigrants spoke only German with each other."