Book by Orfali, Sebastian
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While many books focus on the atrocities that occurred in Nazi Germany, few discuss Jewish life before Hitler. In the introduction to A Jewish Girl in the Weimar Republic, Stephanie Orfali writes that she is "trying to capture a childhood that was lived sitting on a volcano that finally erupted.... This book is about the personal experiences of [her] family, [her] friends, and [herself], as well as all the events that led to the ascendance of Adolf Hitler during the years of the ill-fated Weimar Republic." Orfali describes growing up in Germany-mostly in Nuremberg-with the focus on her childhood and adolescence. She describes plunking out notes during her piano lesson, taking flying lessons in a two-seater open airplane, her first kiss, and exploring a forest with her Doberman pinscher, Fritz. These sections contrast sharply with the end of the book, when her non-Jewish college classmates joined the Nazi party, non-Jewish neighbors were barred from Orfali's family furniture store (or any Jewish business), and some of Orfali's family members and friends were murdered by the Nazis. The book ends with Orfali's escape to Israel, although she now lives in Chicago with her husband and four children. What the author lacks in lyrical writing, is made up in her honest, chatty style. Orfali's factual memoir about her colorful family helps fill the gap in Holocaust literature. -- From Independent PublisherFrom Publishers Weekly:
More likely to be zealous patriots than devoutly religious, German Jews often were bewildered by the Nazi horror. Orfali, born in 1911 in Nuremberg, was the member of a typically assimilated Jewish family, and here, using diaries and memory, she touchingly recreates the joys, the tragedies, the daily routines and the ultimate fate of her family. One of her most engaging characters: Emilie, the bilious grandmother, who was an ardent fan of Wagner and of crazy Bavarian King Ludwig II. The author, who escaped to Israel, recounts events with the fierce loyalty of kinship but with the strange detachment of a survivor. (Two of Emilie's five daughters committed suicide and a third was transported to Auschwitz.) More than anyone else in the family, Orfali was awakened to a sense of Jewish pride during her difficult coming of age.
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Descripción Ronin Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110914171100
Descripción Ronin Publishing. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0914171100 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0611791
Descripción Ronin Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. First Printing. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0914171100