From the book jacket: Shanti Behari Seth was born at the turn of
the twentieth century; he died two years before its close. He was brought up
in India and was
sent by his family in the 1930s to Berlin -- though he could not speak a
word of German -- to study medicine and dentistry. It was here, before he
migrated to Britain, that Shanti's path first crossed that of his future
Helga Gerda Caro, known to everyone as "Henny" was also born in 1908, in Berlin, to a Jewish family -- cultured, patriotic, and intensely German. When the family decided to take Shanti as a lodger, Henny's first reaction was, "Don't take the black man!" But a friendship flowered, and when Henny fled Hitler's Germany for England just one month before war broke out, she was met at Victoria Station by the ...
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