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My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped
by Lev Raphael
University of Wisconsin Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-299-23150-7 | Paper: 978-0-299-23154-5 | eISBN: 978-0-299-23153-8

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Haunted by his parents’ horrific suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule, Lev Raphael grew up loathing everything German. Those feelings shaped his Jewish identity, his life, and his career. While researching his mother’s war years after her death, he discovers a distant relative living in the very city where she had worked in a slave labor camp, found freedom, and met his father. Soon after, Raphael is launched on book tours in Germany and, in the process, redefines himself as someone unafraid to face the past and let it go.

 

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Lev Raphael has spoken about his work on three continents and has been publishing fiction and prose about the Second Generation for more than thirty years—longer than any other American author. His nineteen books include The German Money, Writing a Jewish Life, and Dancing on Tisha B’Av. He lives in Okemos, Michigan.

REVIEWS

“Part travelogue and part detective story, My Germany is a wholly enthralling, beautifully written story of healing and forgiveness.”—Lynne Olson, author of Troublesome Young Men

“Lev Raphael writes with the precision of a neurosurgeon, the warmth of an ancient storyteller, and the soul of a people that has known the extremes of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, love and hate more than almost any other.”—The Jewish Bulletin, San Francisco

“Stunning and powerful. . . . Lev Raphael’s memoir is a superb work combining intellectual rigor with emotional honesty in exploring his three-fold identity as a son of Holocaust survivors, a Jew, and a gay man.”—Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue: A Tale of Two Trains

    Part One: Haunted House

    Part Two: Mysterious Jews

    Part Three: Voyage of Discovery

    Epilogue: Legacies

    Works Consulted

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