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WALES AND NAZI GERMANY: THE EXPERIENCES OF KATE BOSSE-GRIFFITHS AND HER FAMILY DURING THE NAZI PERIOD

This is a family memoir recounting the struggles of the author’s mother, Kate Bosse-Griffiths, to escape from Nazi Germany and start a new life in Wales. Beginning with an account of the anti-Semitism of the sixteenth-century theologian, Martin Luther, various attempts at survival under Nazi rule are explored in this article, including, on the one hand, enthusiasm towards the regime and on the other hand, opposition. Kate Bosse-Griffiths lost her position at a Berlin university and had little option but to flee. While her family endured the hardship of oppression and war in Germany, Bosse-Griffiths married a young Welsh teacher, J. Gwyn Griffiths, and started a new life in Wales, learning the language and establishing a Welsh literary circle, Cylch Cadwgan, whose young, rebellious members later became eminent authors.

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