AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE: Reminisciences and Reflections Paul Kuttner

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AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE: Reminisciences and Reflections  by  Paul Kuttner

AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE: Reminisciences and Reflections by Paul Kuttner
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SPECIAL Summer Kindle Reading Sale--NOW Digital Book Price slashed 50%!Containing over 50 historic photographs from the authors private files.FROM THE HARDCOVER DUSTJACKET of AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE:Paul Kuttners life can only be described as anMoreSPECIAL Summer Kindle Reading Sale--NOW Digital Book Price slashed 50%!Containing over 50 historic photographs from the authors private files.FROM THE HARDCOVER DUSTJACKET of AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE:Paul Kuttners life can only be described as an accumulation of sky-high adventurous summits and, on the other side of the human scale, an endless row of diabolically hard times.

How many people today can claim to have met with Hitler and Goring, the confront the Gestapo in Berlin and Hamburg as a teenager? Escaping shortly before World War II from Nazi Germany to England, Kuttner proved to be the only person in Britain on D-Day to be arrested in London as a suspected Nazi spy. Nevertheless, not all was lost. Next, his experiences in Hollywood are not the usual rags-to-riches episodes found in other biographies, but a series of incredible stories involving his 1948 meetings with Tracy and Turner, March and Laughton, as well as his tantrum unleashed on Columbia Studio s feared boss Harry Cohn.

His many loves and failed marriages, his cancer, and reportorial work are discussed on these pages all with an honesty and lack of embarrassment rarely encountered in modern autobiographies. In some of the final chapters, Kuttner makes no bones about his fury directed at those who have devoted their lives to the kind of hatred and prejudice that plagued the author throughout most of his own youth. While there are passionate love, hurt, anger, and melodrama in his life story, these pages also display humor, criticism, of himself and others, as well as puzzlement at the overt and hidden psyches of the famous and unknown people Kuttner has had the good fortune to meet in movie studios, cemeteries, offices, prisons, and hospitals since the 1920s.Excerpt from the opening chapter of AN ENDLESS STRUGGLE:One day, in July 1933, while I was watching an indoor movie scene being shot at Ufa with actress Marianne Hoppe, a thunderous banging of fists on the huge sliding steel doors outside completely destroyed the filming of the scene.

The performers and director cursed the person responsible for this calamity since a flashing red light outside each sound-stage building always indicated that a scene was being shot indoors.A stagehand opened the sliding doors and a second later about two dozen of the tallest SS men came storming into the studio and formed a gangway by facing each other, arms linked akimbo. Even at this early stage of the Nazi regime, the SS was feared by everybody. The angry muttering inside the studio had died down completely as everybody, puzzled and frightened, stared at the blinding sunlit summer scene outside.

That’s when it dawned on us what was happening: a smiling Adolf Hitler, in a light-colored raincoat, came sauntering into the studio, and the movie director immediately rushed forward to welcome him.I was scared out of my wits and looked for my father in order to join him. I saw him standing behind one of the SS bodyguards (Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler) on the opposite side of the free passage prepared for Hitler. Unthinking and immature, I ducked under the joined arms of two of the SS men and raced across the “corridor” provided by the black-uniformed giants for their Führer.What I had not bargained for were the innumerable movie-camera cables snaking all over the floor.

Halfway across the path made for Hitler, I tripped over one of these cables and fell flat on my face about five yards from the Nazi dictator. Realizing that the movie cameras were focusing on him, he took this golden opportunity to rush forward and help me up off the floor. I rose and apologized.

Hitler, conscious of the propaganda value of displaying to the world how much he liked children, stooped and impulsively hugged me for a few moments (the only occasion he was ever caught embracing a person in public)...



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