My Germany

My Germany

A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped

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Lev Raphael grew up loathing everything German. A son of Holocaust survivors, haunted by his parents’ suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule, he was certain that Germany was one place in the world he would never visit. Those feelings shaped his Jewish and gay identity, his life, and his career.

Lev Raphael grew up loathing everything German. A son of Holocaust survivors, haunted by his parents’ suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule, he was certain that Germany was one place in the world he would never visit. Those feelings shaped his Jewish and gay identity, his life, and his career.
Then the barriers of a lifetime began to come down, as revealed in this moving memoir. After his mother’s death, while researching her war years, Raphael found a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer.
What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? Not long after that epochal trip, a German publisher bought several of his books for translation. Raphael was launched on book tours in Germany, discovering not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.
Finalist, TLA Gaybie Award for Best Gay Non-fiction



Baker & Taylor
Describes the author's travels to his parents' native Germany, despite his hatred for the country as a son of Holocaust survivors, to visit a distant relative in the city where his mother had been a slave laborer.

Publisher: Madison, Wis. : Terrace Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780299231507
029923150X
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 R1813m 2009
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 24 cm

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