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December 15, 2006


Raymond Huessy

Yes, Carl Zuckmayer was able to enter the US on the basis of Dorothy Thompson's sponsorship, but the statement that the others "were all brought to the Green Mountain State by the indefatigable" Thompson" is nonsense.

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy came to Vermont when he became a professor at Dartmouth, several years before he met Dorothy Thompson. It was his Boston friends Henry and Rosamund Greene who helped him to that position.

Freya von Moltke came to Vermont to live with Rosenstock-Huessy; she made only two visits to Vermont before she moved to Norwich, and both were visits to the Rosenstock-Huessys' house, called "Four Wells." (It was to be her home for 49 out of the 98 years of her very long life.)

Word is still out on Bruening, but like Rosenstock-Huessy, he had also taught at Harvard before moving to Vermont. There is not a single mention of Thompson and Bruening together online, which is admittedly inconclusive.

(And the man addressed in "Listen, Hans!" was Freya von Moltke's husband, HELMUTH James von Moltke.)


Thanks for this information.

Much has been written about the exile community in southern California, but virtually nothing about this group in northern New England. Material for a book?

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