ID this WWII/Holocaust story
December 3, 2009 8:08 AM   Subscribe

Identify the source of this story: A Jew living in Germany (or Eastern Europe) in the late 1930s sees that the situation is turning bad, and decides to flee the country. He tries to convince his parents to come with him, but they refuse to be uprooted. A few years later, in the new country, he receives a telegram from his father reading simply "You were right." He never sees his parents again.

For some reason this story popped into my head this morning, and I can't remember its context. I don't even know if it's fictional or factual. Does it sound familiar to anyone?
posted by Johnny Assay to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I'm pretty sure that's the Dr. Bronner story.
posted by another zebra at 8:11 AM on December 3, 2009

I was at Vad Yashim a few weeks ago. This story probably happened to a lot of people in real life.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:12 AM on December 3, 2009

posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:13 AM on December 3, 2009

Response by poster: another zebra has it — I read it in the Straight Dope column on Dr. Bronner. Many thanks!
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:20 AM on December 3, 2009

It may be the Dr Bronner one you're thinking of, but this (sadly) wasn't an uncommon story at all, and I've read variants in numerous books.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 8:29 AM on December 3, 2009

Related: Why I Did Not Leave Nazi Germany in Time, by Werner Weinberg.
posted by dhartung at 9:29 PM on December 3, 2009

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