Autobiographical Essays

Beate Brigitta Caspari-Rosen, MD
(1910 - 1995)

Beate Brigitta Caspari-Rosen
Born: March 14, 1910, Berlin, Germany
Died: July 8, 1995, Hamden, CT, USA

Index to Essays

Introduction by Beate Caspari-Rosen


Table of Contents

1. Family History

2. 1910 - 1933/34

3. 1935 - 1977

4. 1977 - (?1995)

5. Dr. Beate Caspari - Rosen

6. Addenda

1. Family History

My Grandfather Louis Arnswalder

My Grandfather Jacob Caspari

My Father’s Birthday

An Old-Fashioned Doctor

Tante Paula

My Uncle David

The Blue--Glass Sugar Bowl

Lest We Forget: To my children and to my grandchildren (Sixteen family members killed in the Holocaust)

2. March 14, 1910 - 1933/34


My First Experiment

My Life

The German Civil War

The Garden

My Doll


My School Days

An Innocent Love Story

New Years Eve (written New Years morning, 1994)


A Short Essay on Jewish Holidays

In Memorium


April Fool’s Day 1933

A Wedding

Wedding Trip

3. 1935 - 1977

Different Countries, Different Customs

My First Day in New York

285 Riverside Drive, Manhattan

My Husband, a Medical Spy

Bringing Up Baby

December 7, 1941


Garnet Lake

Odd Places

Travel Adventure

An Excursion to Andorra

A Rented Car

A Mystical Experience?

4. 1977 - (?1995)

An Odd Story

The Good Old Family Doctor

Reading Habits

A Question of Conscience

The Good Old Times

You Cannot Escape Fate

Just a Cold

About Dreams

In Morpheus’ Arms

The Pleasure of Living at Whitney Center

Once Upon a Spring Day

Craft Show, Mattatuck Museum

Pets Not Allowed

News from the Waterfront

News About My Fish

A Brown Creeper

Can Spring Be Far Behind?

The Bird Feeder


The Swan


5. Beate Caspari-Rosen, M.D.

The Eye


The Beginning of a Professional Career

A Modern Greek Tregedy

6. Addenda

Disappointing Teachers

By Car from New York City to Miami and Back

Introduction by Susan Joan Rosen

My mother’s essays were written at Whitney Center, Hamden, Connecticut, for a writing group the Center organized for its residents. The group was led by an instructor, possibly associated with Yale University. If I recall correctly the members met weekly, each participant presenting a contribution. My mother enjoyed writing, and this weekly get-together was an event she looked forward to with considerable enthusiasm. Over the years—I do not know the precise year that her participation began—the group waxed and waned, and my mother, confonting numerous health problems, was unable for certain periods to participate. One of the benefits for my mother is that it gave her the opportunity to recall significant events  in her life. There are extended accounts of her life in Berlin and also in the United States. Yet it is evident that as her world began to constrict, the subjects she selected were closer to home. But whatever the theme she chose, her indomitable character, her curiosity, her perceptive incisivie observation is apparent, as is her personality and character. In reviewing these essays, I regret that I did not ask more questions about her life, but would she have told me what was in her heart of hearts? It seems as if she avoided certain topics, but then perhaps the group she participated in may have exercised a kind of silent peer censorship. Health, too, may have limited output. Alas, names are not mentioned in some essays. Understandably, in certain cases these are not recorded, but others inadvertently, I believe, were omitted. I would have liked to learn more about her professional career, her work as an historical  medical researcher, as a ready ear and critic for my father’s ideas, professional life, and as his co-worker, not least, typing his extensive writings. And then there is the beloved rural house in Canterbury, Connecticut. This lovely part of their life is absent from her essays.

I am extraordinarly grateful for what is recalled, but castigate myself for not being more inquisitive and supportive in her endeavors.

17 September, 2007
Susan Joan Rosen

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