By Geoffrey Lewis
Francis (F.A.) Mann was once one of the so much excellent of a very good staff of German-Jewish emigres who got here to Britain within the Thirties to flee persecution in Hitler's Germany. Born and informed in Germany, Mann was once to develop into considered one of Britain's such a lot uncommon foreign attorneys: a pupil of English, German, and overseas legislation; a practitioner popular for his ability and tenacity; and the writer of numerous books and articles on overseas and household legislations whose perspectives have been a great deal formed via his own reports and who in flip helped to form foreign legislations within the twentieth century. F.A. Mann loved a standard German schooling and used to be set for a occupation within the legislation whilst Hitler got here to strength in 1933. Being Jewish, either Mann and his spouse Lore (also an excellent legislation pupil) instantly left the rustic in their start for England. Mann used to be naturalized in 1946 and have become an ardent, if now not uncritical, patriot. Having re-trained as a attorney in England, it used to be now not lengthy earlier than his quickly increasing perform merged with that of Herbert Smith, which was once to supply the environment during which he built into essentially the most unique and enterprising felony practitioners of his day, and probably the most influential criminal writers of his new release. whereas Mann's popularity within the box of foreign legislations unfold in the course of the international, in England he used to be that infrequent factor - a real jurist, steeped within the studying of the civil and customary legislation, and a 'cosmopolitan' attorney lengthy ahead of any such time period had entered the felony lexicon. This ebook is a private recollection via a person who knew him as a pal colleague for greater than 30 years. For F.A. Mann's formative years, the writer has drawn upon at the own stories of kin, colleagues, and acquaintances, in addition to upon Mann's surviving papers, together with the real and revelatory sequence of letters that Mann wrote to his spouse from Berlin in 1946 the place he used to be despatched as a member of the Allied keep an eye on fee.
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But he and Lore now had to think again of survival. They decided to send their two children to North America where friends offered to look after them. David and Jessica left in the summer of 1940. David was 4 and Jessica 2. They were not sent away to escape the bombing. The Manns had no thought that the children should be spared what everyone else in Britain had to face. But they were convinced that England would be invaded and occupied, and that Jews would suffer a dreadful fate. Their first thought was to save their children – not themselves.
Even then, with his prospect in ruins, he was probably clear-headed enough to know that the country of his birth could never be the same again. And if he saw it, Lore saw it at least as clearly. Both of them sat their examinations in October, Lore with distinction, he without – not that he cared, he remarked bitterly. They were married the day after her examination, planning to leave for good on a morning train. They pressed the registrar to carry out the civil ceremony early so that they would not miss the train.
Whether or not Lore was a Zionist then, she could have felt more at home in the life of a kibbutz than in the English social scene. Her husband felt differently. He would not have been willing to give up European life and culture, particularly the country which had given him shelter. Mann was certainly not a Zionist. He did not believe that the choice for Jews was either to assimilate and ultimately lose their identity, or to go to live in Israel. He was not bothered by divided loyalties or the tension in the mind of the assimilated Jew between Jewishness and Englishness.
F.A. Mann: A Memoir by Geoffrey Lewis