A Jewish G.I. – And The Girl Who Might Hate Him!
When the soldier came into the restaurant Kathe felt it was no accident, he came because she was waiting. he had come alone, with no one to show him, directly to her, and he looked at her with love… her soldier had come suddenly and he would go suddenly, she was sure of that …He had only a little time – she saw this in his eyes.
God will not punish us, Kathe thought, let them say what they want, I don’t care. I know it is not wicked. We have no time…
She would wait for him inside the big street door and they would go up the stairs hand in hand and not make a sound.
Kathe didn’t know her soldier was Jewish – that their love would have to battle hate and prejudice. The real test was coming – would she have the courage to meet it.
Gellhorn was a world-renowned wartime journalist and wife of Ernest Hemingway. She was portrayed by Nicole Kidman, opposite Clive Owen, in the recent HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn, which turned out much better than I expected. It was more about the two butting heads and their adventures as was correspondents and not a sappy romance as I’d expected. The most surprising aspect of the film, to me, was the appearance of Lars Ulrich of Metallica in a minor role… but I digress…
Title: The Wine Of Astonishment
Author: Martha Gellhorn
Imprint & Number: Bantam 736
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1949
Cover artist: uncredited
- TV: Part of legendary journalist Martha Gellhorn’s life made into a film (walesonline.co.uk)
- Martha Gellhorn blogs (clarespark.com)
- Chronicling Poverty with Compassion and Rage (newyorker.com)
- What We Did For Love (lyricssentimentsandme.wordpress.com)
- Women at war: why we make it our place to be on the front line (telegraph.co.uk)