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Invent radium or I'll pull your hair

Author: Doris Drucker
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rothschilds and radium were the horizons of Doris's childhood. Born in Germany in the early twentieth century, she came of age in an upper-middle-class family that struggled to maintain its bourgeois respectability between the two World Wars. Now in her nineties, Doris Drucker (she met her husband Peter - of management fame - in the 1930s) has penned a memoir that brings to life the Germany of her childhood. Rather
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Doris Drucker; Peter F Drucker; Doris Drucker; Peter F Drucker
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Doris Drucker
ISBN: 0226165035 9780226165035
OCLC Number: 52876468
Description: 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Children --
My Mother's Marriage --
The German Defeat --
The French Arrive --
Koenigstein --
The Social Order --
A Wider Horizon --
The Inflation Years --
Back to School --
My Father --
Books --
Back to St. Moritz --
The Sisters --
The Floberts --
The Schiller School --
Travel --
Ski Trips --
My Intellectual Journey --
The Facts of Life --
Frankfurt --
Tunbridge Wells --
The Settlement House --
A Former Thief --
Climbing the Social Ladder --
A Marriage Proposal --
The Warburg Institute --
In France --
La Bohême --
Back to the Law --
Meeting Peter Again --
A Dinner Party --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Doris Drucker.
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"Rothschilds and radium were the horizons of Doris's childhood. Born in Germany in the early twentieth century, she came of age in an upper-middle-class family that struggled to maintain its bourgeois respectability between the two World Wars. Now in her nineties, Doris Drucker (she met her husband Peter - of management fame - in the 1930s) has penned a memoir that brings to life the Germany of her childhood. Rather than focusing on the rise of Hitler, Drucker weaves history into her story of the day-to-day life of an apolitical family.

She chronicles here the crowds that gathered to see the Zeppelin, her attempts to negotiate her Prussian mother's plans for her (like marrying well and becoming a famous scientist), ski trips and hikes, the schools she attended, her father's struggles to support the family, and all the stuff and drama that make up a childhood. Drucker's energetic storytelling, eye for the telling detail, and sly wit draw the reader into her portrait of a way of life made forever poignant by its place in history so close to the brutalities of World War II."--Jacket.

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