On March 9, 1938, the last performance at “Lieber Augustin” took place. Due to persecution and war, the troupe was scattered to the four winds, and not everyone survived. Peter Hammerschlag was murdered in Auschwitz in 1942. Stella Kadmon fled with part of her family to live with relatives in Yugoslavia, believing that they would be safe there. But when the situation became increasingly dangerous, the only option was to flee to Palestine with a tourist visa provided that the money could be scraped up. Since this was not the case with the Kadmons, Stella entered into a marriage of convenience with her cousin Bobby, as her mother and brother already set out on the journey. Six months after the marriage, she could have applied for a free tourist visa as a Yugoslavian. However, the officer at the consulate saw through her trick and denied her the free visa, offering to issue her one for money instead. At the last moment, with the help of family and friends who had already escaped to Palestine, the funds were raised.
In Tel Aviv, the enthusiastic and energetic thespian was faced with an immense problem: Her mother tongue and working language were forbidden. German was considered the language of the murderers and was not allowed to be spoken in public. She herself did not want to be put off by the challenges of Hebrew as the title quote already suggests. This sentence can be heard on one of the numerous tape cassettes she recorded, which are kept at the Theater Museum in Vienna along with a large part of her estate.