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Divided lives : the untold stories of Jewish-Christian women in Nazi Germany

Author: Cynthia Crane
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Divided Lives brings together the real-life stories of women who one day awoke to find they were not who they thought they were. Before the rise of Hitler these women for the most part had never thought of themselves as Jewish: their parent or spouse was fully assimilated into German culture, they were not particularly religious, and many had even been baptized. Yet as part of his attempts to define Jewish "race,"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Crane
ISBN: 0312219539 9780312219536
OCLC Number: 44405664
Description: xi, 372 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Germans and the Nazis were not synonyms for me / Ingeborg Hecht --
I was a wanderer between the waves, belonging to no one / Ingrid Wecker --
I was born completely poisoned / Ruth Yost --
In the Nazi years, I acquired and elephant skin and could handle any kind of treatment / Ruth Wilmschen --
On had, at the time, enough possibilities to die / Ursula Randt --
I was treated differently because I looked Aryan. That helped me a great deal / Isle B --
God took my life into his hands and I'm forever grateful for that / Gretel Lorenzen --
The Hitler ideology was stronger than my life / Sigrid Lorenzen --
There was no part of if where you weren't asked whether or not you were Jewish / Margot Wetzel --
I stood at eighteen looking into nothingness / Ursula Beosselmann.
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"Divided Lives brings together the real-life stories of women who one day awoke to find they were not who they thought they were. Before the rise of Hitler these women for the most part had never thought of themselves as Jewish: their parent or spouse was fully assimilated into German culture, they were not particularly religious, and many had even been baptized. Yet as part of his attempts to define Jewish "race," Hitler called the children of Jewish-Christian marriages Mischlinge, or half-breeds, somewhere "between man and ape." This split status, which to some degree allowed these women to fare better than those considered fully Jewish, by no means shielded them or their families from persecution under the Nuremberg Laws. Today these women continue to struggle: with the nightmares of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, with the loss of their families in concentration camps, and with their own identities - divided between Jewish and Christian roots."--Jacket.

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