Against the Wind

Against the Wind by Brock Thoene, Bodie Read Free Book Online

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hospital did not care what our true names might be. They just enjoyed the show.
    The Times also reported that several children born in London that week were christened with our adopted names. These unsuspecting newborns included a boy burdened with “Hedley” and one set of triplets.

Teach me Your way, O L ORD , and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries…. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the L ORD in the land of the living!
P SALM 27:11–13 ESV
LONDON, ENGLAND
CORONATION OF KING GEORGE VI
MAY 18, 1937
England is the land of the living. Churchill says the English are still free and unafraid of the Nazis. He challenges the government to stand up to Herr Hitler.
I travel from Vienna with Leah and the Viennese Chamber Orchestra to perform at the garden party at Buckingham Palace for the coronation of King George VI. Last December in Berlin, Lori and Loralei and I were swept up with the romance when King Edward gave up his throne to marry a commoner. I find I am no longer so impressed by the love story as the world becomes more violent and uncertain. Now my heart is moved by the duty and courage of George, the brother next in line to wear the English crown his brother scorned.
Among the international press corps at the coronation festivities I see John Murphy again, but only briefly. He tells me he has been in Spain and seen with his own eyes the strafing of women and children by German fighter planes. He takes my hands in his and searches my face tenderly. I feel a stirring for this ruggedly handsome American. He asks about Papa, and when I tell him there is no news about my father, he says I would be smart to stay in London and never go back to Vienna.
Leah and I also perform Bach with the string quartet on the BBC, and the broadcast director asks if I might like to return to London and join their orchestra. I answer that so many musicians are leaving the continent that I may be one of the few left in Vienna. I had seen him speak to John Murphy and suspect Murphy has put him up to inviting me.
Leah takes me to a private meeting of Christian Zionists and the Jewish Agency as they discuss how best to get Jewish children out of the path of danger. And not Jews only, but gypsies, who are the new target.
Eben Golah, dear friend of my father, is among those at the meeting, and remembers me from Christmas at our home in Berlin. He tells me he continues to make inquiries about my father. He says he prays for all my family as they stand firm against the Reich, but he also says I must consider moving to London. Leah speaks to him about Shimon and herself and their hope to get visas to British Palestine. Eben promises he will do what he can. He asks me to consider escorting Jewish refugee children out of harm’s way. I tell him I will do what I can.
The great surprise for me is meeting Mama for tea at the Savoy. She has come all the way from Prague for the coronation festivities and to hear me play. She says that she feels strongly she will come to England soon unless there is word about Papa. I am saddened by this. I ask, can we not stand our ground against the Nazis?
Mama says they are stealing the ground inch by inch from under all that is holy, and that we must not be fools and remain where there is danger.
That night I tell Leah I feel I have been running away my whole life. I will return to Vienna and play out the season while we pray the Nazis will honor Austrian sovereignty.

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    LONDON BLITZ
SUMMER 1940
    I had come to believe the words of Psalm 91: “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” 3
    In the midst of danger, my heart was at peace in the belief that every step I took was ordered by the Lord. When I rose in the morning and lay down at night, I asked God to keep me and my loved ones within the palm of His hand.
    Lori Kalner, her heart broken, wrote me often from Wales, where she

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