The Resource Memoirs of Hans Stein / John Stewart, John Stewart

Memoirs of Hans Stein / John Stewart, John Stewart

Memoirs of Hans Stein / John Stewart, 1918-1945 ;
Memoirs of Hans Stein / John Stewart
Statement of responsibility
John Stewart
Inclusive dates
1918-1945 ;
Title variation
  • Memoirs of John Stewart
  • World War Two through my eyes
  • World War 2 through my eyes
  • engger
  • eng
Biographical or historical data
John Stewart was born Hans Gideon Stein in Vienna, Austria, at the end of World War I. Stein recalls his childhood during the economic hardships of the postwar years in Austria, known as the First Republic. He discusses daily life at home and school, his friends and family, and his religious experiences as a Jew in predominately Catholic Vienna. In 1938, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler annexed Austria into the German Reich, installing a National Socialist government in Vienna. As the persecution of Austrian Jews intensified, Stein and his family were forced to emigrate; first to France and Switzerland, then on to America in 1939. Stein was drafted into the United States Army shortly before America entered World War II, in 1941. Through hundreds of letters home to his parents, Stein describes his wartime experiences, from boot camp to his honorable discharge, four years later. In 1943, Stein became a naturalized citizen, changing his name to John Gideon Stewart to commemorate his new life in his new country.
Cataloging source
Memoirs of Hans Stein / John Stewart, John Stewart
  • v. 1 consists of 2 parts
  • Volume 2 signed by author
  • James Madison University Author
v.1, pt. 1. Vienna childhood memories -- v.1, pt. 2. From Austria to the United States: Diary, 1937-1941 -- v.2 World War II through my eyes: an Austrian refugee in the United States Army, 1941-1945 : letters of John G. Stewart
Control code
28 cm.
2 v.
Other physical details
These memoirs were donated to the Carrier Library by John G. Stewart in 2003 and 2006.

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