[Original in German]

In 1945, when we had to leave our homeland, I went into prison...

In 1945, when we had to leave our homeland, I went into prison, and there became very ill. For two and a half years I had to lie in a plaster cast; I was told I had tuberculosis of the bones. When I was permitted to leave the hospital, I had to wear a long steel corset.

My mother and my sister had in the meantime found a new home in Germany, where I too could stay. In this city there was a small group of students of Christian Science who met informally. My mother and I went to their service on a Sunday; there we became acquainted with a Christian Science practitioner. The next day I went to call on this practitioner and asked for help. She spoke very kindly to me and said, "God alone heals." She gave me the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to read while she prayed for me. I came to this passage on page 418: "Speak the truth to every form of error. Tumors, ulcers, tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which flee before the light of Truth." I felt a quivering of the spinal column, and my entire body became more upright. At the time I did not know the significance of this.

Three days later I had to go to the public health commissioner for a physical examination, as I had been placed on a pension. He found that I was in perfect health. He only said, "What has happened here? Your spinal column is perfectly in order." Because of this the pension was immediately discontinued.

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June 21, 1969

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