ganizer for the Democratic Trade Union Youth Movement and secretary of the Young Democratic League. At various times she travelled in Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Holland, and Turkey. She left Germany when Hitler came to power, and, while living abroad, began to write. She has since had three books published in the United States and England, including an autobiography, Restless Days. She now lives in England.
from Restless Days by LILO LINKE
AFTER ONLY A FEW MONTHS work in the office of the financial paper, I was promoted to the post of the editor's private secretary. Again a new field of experience opened to me, more intricate and confusing than even that of politics. I should have been lost in it if I had not found somebody to lead me. Dr. Berger, my chief, was in every regard an outstanding personality. Important for me was that he was generous enough to become my teacher instead of being annoyed by my lack of knowledge, and that he possessed the genial ability to explain a complicated economic process in its essential outline in such a way that I could understand what I was writing down for him.
I began my studies at a most exciting, but not in the least a pleasant time. Financial and economic difficulties drove at a maddening speed towards the final crisis and dominated fatefully the whole life of Germany. It was no consolation that other countries suffered from the same plague, although not to the same extent.
The outstanding events of the year were the creation and signing of the Young Plan in Paris, which definitely fixed the number and the magnitude of Germany's annual payments to its former enemies. For thirty-seven years we were bound to pay an increasing amount, millions and millions and millions, and for twenty-two further years we had to contribute to the repayment of the debt which the Allies owed to the U.S.A. The Young Conference was followed by the first Hague Conference, held to discuss and solve the political side of the problem.