Marion Kalter

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Different Trains

On my way to Beijing in March 2017 I took the transsiberian train from Moscow thinking of my father’s uncle “Oscar” who was able at the very last minute to leave Germany for America in the summer of 1940. He escaped with the transsiberian train  via Russia, Manchuria and North Korea, finally arriving in Washington DC later in  that year. My father gave me his passport. I was inspired also by Steve Reich’s Quartet “Different Trains”, referring to  the same year 1940 …( During world war II Reich made train journeys between New York and Los Angeles to visit his parents, who had separated. Years later, he pondered the fact that, as a Jew, had he been in Europe instead of the United States at that time, he might have been travelling in Holocaust trains.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSPW9lTN6oQ

 


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Transsiberian, March 2017


Uncle Oscar's visa in his passport, July 1940


Uncle Oscar's german passport