My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped

Paperback | October 23, 2011

byLev Raphael

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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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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...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 23, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299231542

ISBN - 13:9780299231545

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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       

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“Raphael’s struggle to emotionally and culturally reconcile with a Germany he could never forgive makes for somber reading. But his struggle to balance his identity as a Jew and a gay man is one even those outside this world can appreciate.”—EDGE