A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of by Ted Gup

By Ted Gup

An inspiring account of the USA at its worst-and americans at their best-woven from the tales of Depression-era households who have been helped via presents from the author's beneficiant and secretive grandfather.

almost immediately ahead of Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper advert provided $10, no strings connected, to seventy five households in misery. readers have been requested to publish letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was once encouraged to put this advert and help his fellow Cantonians as they ready for the harshest Christmas so much of them might ever witness.

Moved by way of the stories of agony and expressions of wish inside the letters, which he found in a suitcase seventy five years later, Ted Gup firstly got down to unveil the lives at the back of them, looking for files and family members all around the kingdom who may well aid him flesh out the family members sagas hinted at in these letters. From those resources, Gup has re-created the effect that Mr B. Virdot's present had on every one relations. many of us yearned for bread, coal, or different prerequisites, yet many others obtained funds from B. Virdot for extra fanciful items-a toy horse, say, or a collection of encyclopedias. As Gup's investigations printed, these kind of issues had the facility to show people's lives round- even to save lots of them.

yet as he exposed the pain and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup additionally discovered that Sam Stone was once way more complicated than the cute- retiree character he'd constantly proven his grandson. Gup finds deeply buried information about Sam's life-from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to conceal his immigrant origins from U.S. officials-that aid clarify why he felt any such robust affinity to strangers in desire. Drawing on his detailed locate and his award-winning reportorial presents, Ted Gup solves a novel kin secret even whereas he pulls away the veil of 8 many years that separate us from the hardships that united the United States through the melancholy. In A mystery Gift, he weaves those revelations seamlessly right into a tapestry of Depression-era the US, for you to fascinate and encourage in equivalent degree.

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After eventually settling in at the Physico-Technical Institute, he continued writing his book, having been further encouraged of the need for such a work from his discussions with experimentalists there. The only treatment available at the time4 was the Handbuch article (of the same title) by Sommerfeld and Bethe, dating from 1933. P. H. Wilson in Cambridge (Wilson 1931), had developed a rather detailed theory of semiconductors (Bronstein 1932, 1933)—then a quite new field, somewhat disparagingly known as ‘dirt physics’ (‘Dreckphysik’) because of the crucial role played by impurities in determining the electronic properties of these materials.

Fowler immediately forwarded his letter to Redcliffe Salaman of the Academic Committee of the Central Jewish Relief Fund in England. The following month (on 15 July), Fröhlich wrote directly to Walter Adams, the General Secretary of the Academic Assistance In this chapter ‘Moving on’ is taken from the title of an interview Fröhlich gave in 1983 [F188], in which he recalled his wartime experiences. J. 1007/978-3-319-14851-9_3 27 28 3 Moving on: The Years of Exile Fig. 1 Fröhlich as ‘Foreign Expert’ in Leningrad (St.

Phys. Stat. Sol. : The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg. Hitler’s Chief of Counterintelligence. 1 From Germany to Russia, via England Whilst in Strasbourg, Fröhlich received an invitation from Frenkel to go—as a ‘Foreign Expert’—to the Physico-Technical Institute in what was then Leningrad (now St. F. Joffe. This invitation arose from the paper with Bethe [F8], mentioned in Chap. 2, which turned out to be the last one Fröhlich wrote before leaving Germany, in which, it will be recalled, they had shown that a recent attempt by Frenkel (1933) to understand certain aspects of superconductivity was flawed.

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