A Childhood Under Hitler and Stalin: Memoirs of a "certified" Jew

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2003 - 293 páginas
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A bestseller in Germany, Michael Wieck's account of his childhood in Königsberg recalls a German city obliterated by fire-bombing during the Second World War. As the child of a Jewish mother and Gentile father, Wieck was persecuted first as a "certified Jew" by the Nazis, then as a German by the Russian occupiers, including horrific internment in the Rothenstein concentration camp. His emigration to the West in 1948 marked the end of the 408-year history of the Jewish community in Königsberg.
From the earliest delights of a childhood filled with music, family, and the smell of pines and the sea, Wieck retraces his life. He tells of his school days and their sudden end, the shock of Kristallnacht, his Aunt Fanny being sent by train to a destination unknown, the chemical factory where Jewish workers gradually disappeared, the bombs falling on Königsberg. The Russian occupation was anything but the expected delivery from the horrors of the war.
In the midst of privation, savagery, and death, there were moments of absurdity, and Wieck powerfully depicts them in this unforgettable memoir.

 

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Foreword by Siegfried Lenz
3
Aunt Fanny
15
Nidden
22
School Days 2The Jewish School
32
The War Begins
46
The Star of David
57
My School Days Are Over
69
Cabinetmaking
79
The Reunion
156
Conflicts and Personal Fates
162
Breaking and EnteringEpisode 1
173
Premonitions
179
Breaking and EnteringEpisode 2
189
Breaking and EnteringEpisode 3
197
Gleanings
207
Berlin
216

The Chemical Factory of Gamm Son
89
Air Raids over Königsberg
96
Winter Storms
103
The Siege of Königsberg
112
The Russians
124
The Königsberg Cemetery
144
The Rothenstein Concentration Camp
148
Birth Pangs
223
Birth Pangs 2
231
Afterword
239
Glossary
253
Works Cited 293
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