1934: Kurt and Lily return to Hollywood, moving into a bungalow court on Bronson Avenue.
Kurt is now Curtis A. Vanlaw, still living on Bronson Avenue. I am born the following year.
Circa 1935, we move to a house on Lucile Ave., in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles.
A ride on the broad shoulders of my dad at our new Lucile Ave. house.
Lucile Ave. has a wishing well in the front yard, just visible behind Lily, on the right
Front porch of Lucile Ave.: Dad lets me blow out his match.
Lucile Ave. has a rock wall around the front yard. My parents had a photographer friend who took these.
Inga Stern was the name of the photographer. This is another one of hers.
That is me on a pony. playing cowboy. A good view of the wishing well, behind me.
After two recon trips to London, on May 7, 1934, Willie, Liesel and daughter Edith move there permanently. The scouting trips were probably to set up an English branch of the family business, which of course never happened.
Still in Hannover, Bertha types while Louis and Elsbeth look on. They were reluctant to leave Germany, but finally did so in 1940 with much help from Lily.
1937: Following in the footsteps of her mother, Eva Baruch is now a successful actress in Berlin theater.
1937: Paul Rehfisch is now a successful businessman in Berlin.
Circa 1937: L-R, Max Franken, his daughter, Kaethe, Paul Rehfisch (newly married to Kaethe), and the father of Paul, Louis Rehfisch. A year later Paul and Kaethe would flee to Amsterdam.
In 1938, after Kristallnacht, the Baruchs flee to Shanghai, along with Eva.
Bari Baruch is already in Shanghai, having arrived a year earlier, after trouble with the Nazis for being gay.
Shanghai, 1940. Eva Baruch Schwarcz and Isaac Goldmann star in a movie titled "The Driven People/Under Exile". Filming is completed but the Japanese prevent it from being finished. The film was directed by Gertrude Wolfson.
1938: The Vanlaws move into their brand new house on Bloomfield St., in Van Nuys, CA.
1938; The Vanlaws in their brand new back yard on Bloomfield St.
Circa 1943: Our backyard. I am holding the hand of Cecile Ballin. She was the daughter of refugee friends of my parents.
My mother Lily and me in 1943, a year before she broke down emotionally and had to be hospitalized for 6 months.
May 1945 issue: 1st expose of the horrors of the Nazi death camps. Dad is frantic trying to keep mom from seeing it becuase her brother Paul died in one of them. He fears she will have a relapse.