A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives by Eric H. Vieler

By Eric H. Vieler

A trip on My Own tells the tale of Eric Vieler, born in the USA yet raised in Hitler's Germany, the place he observed the persecution of Jewish acquaintances and skilled the bombing of towns. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed conflict traces to arrive his domestic. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, grew to become their interpreter, and witnessed fierce scuffling with. He joined British profession forces, doing quite a few jobs for foodstuff as reimbursement. Vieler's quest for his American id was once fulfilled while he was once repatriated to the US at age fifteen, yet concepts of independence have been thwarted while, because of his age, he used to be required to wait public institution. even though he held after-school jobs, his fundamental help used to be via a brand new York urban welfare service provider. In 1950, Vieler enlisted within the military, was once commissioned at age nineteen, and went directly to serve in Korea, the place he was once heavily wounded and two times embellished for valor.

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By 1920, Los Angeles, home to more cars than anywhere else in the world, was the first city essentially planned around the car. The filmmaking capital actually had an extensive network of streetcars, but when private cars started jostling with the trolleys and competing for space the 1,100 miles of rail got the boot. In one of the stories that antisprawl activists love to tell, General Motors, Firestone, and Standard Oil bought up the trolley cars and forced a conversion to buses. GM was convicted of conspiracy for the ploy, repeated in some fashion in forty-five other cities.

Olmsted’s influence was felt here as well, leading to strict codes regulating landscaping and the distances homes should be set back from the street. ” Howard wanted to make a middle landscape available to everyone—a blend of town and country, connected to each other by transit routes. Howard suggested there were three “magnets” for human habitation—town, country, and the town-country mix. The extensive green space and lower densities served as a tonic for urbanism’s perceived excesses, although a significant premium remained on proximity to urbanity and culture.

The postwar suburban hegemony—and the abandonment of the traditional, more compact, town center–style neighborhoods built until World War II—is reflected in images from the Eisenhower age, of tail fins and manicured lawns and driveways and garages and television sets glowing in climate-controlled living rooms. Boosted by innovations in communications and advertising, spread-out suburban living was heavily marketed. One magazine ad for General Motors boasted that better cars made cities “explode .

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