The Resource Tearing the silence : being German in America, Ursula Hegi

Tearing the silence : being German in America, Ursula Hegi

Label
Tearing the silence : being German in America
Title
Tearing the silence
Title remainder
being German in America
Statement of responsibility
Ursula Hegi
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Ursula Hegi uses the art of the interview to see deeply into the personal histories of fifteen women and men as they confront at last the terrible and pervasive silence that made any mention of the Holocaust taboo in their homes and schools while they were growing up. For many of them this is the first time they've spoken of these memories and feelings. They share their pain with us, their guilt, their anger, and their compassion as they take us into the world of their
  • Parents and try to sort out the impact of the war on their own lives. The more specific these life stories are, the more universal they become. Included in Tearing the Silence is Hegi's personal journey of leaving in Germany as an eighteen-year-old. She approaches the interviews as a novelist - not a historian - searching for the connecting themes within each story, and then lifting these themes to the surface by selecting significant material, much in the way she would
  • Write a story or novel. A huge difference, though, is that the words are entirely those of the women and men, who tell her about their lives with such amazing openness. A skillful interviewer, Ursula Hegi focuses on understanding the character and story of the individuals in all their complexity. While some genuinely attempt to understand their cultural heritage and feel a deep responsibility to be aware of the Holocaust and pass that awareness on to future generations,
  • Others have stayed within the familiar silence that manifests itself in denial, evasion, justification, and an inability to mourn - not all that different from the response of their parents' generation. Tearing the Silence contributes to a more complex picture of a time period we are still struggling to understand. It is a powerful and provocative account of post-Holocaust German immigrants in America, an important document of what it is like to grow up within the
  • Numbing silence of postwar Germany, a moving story of what it means to live between two cultures
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hegi, Ursula
Index
no index present
LC call number
E184.G3
LC item number
H28 1997
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holocaust, Jewish
  • World War
  • German Americans
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Children
  • Ethnic relations
  • German Americans
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Vergangenheitsbewältigung
  • Jahrgang
  • Judenvernichtung
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • United States
  • USA
  • Deutsche
Label
Tearing the silence : being German in America, Ursula Hegi
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Ursula: Tearing the Silence -- pt. 2. The Interviews. Johanna: The Longing for One Leader. Ulrich: It Is at Least My Responsibility to Be Aware. Anneliese: I Don't Want to Know. Karl: I'm a Chameleon. Eva: Just Because I'm German Doesn't Mean I Am a Nazi. Hans-Peter: It's My Heritage -- Yet I Had No Say in It. Sigrid: A Talent for Adapting. Joachim: During Hitler's Time You Would Have Been Shot for That. Kurt: Am I the Product of a Rape? Marika: I Need to Survive Again. Heinrich: Playing in Bomb Craters. Beate: Small Talk. Gisela: The Making of the Beast. Jurgen: Why Should So Many People Come and Change Our Culture? Katharina: When Germans and Jews Can Talk
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780684829968
Lccn
97007279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36470198
  • (OCoLC)ocm36470198
Label
Tearing the silence : being German in America, Ursula Hegi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Ursula: Tearing the Silence -- pt. 2. The Interviews. Johanna: The Longing for One Leader. Ulrich: It Is at Least My Responsibility to Be Aware. Anneliese: I Don't Want to Know. Karl: I'm a Chameleon. Eva: Just Because I'm German Doesn't Mean I Am a Nazi. Hans-Peter: It's My Heritage -- Yet I Had No Say in It. Sigrid: A Talent for Adapting. Joachim: During Hitler's Time You Would Have Been Shot for That. Kurt: Am I the Product of a Rape? Marika: I Need to Survive Again. Heinrich: Playing in Bomb Craters. Beate: Small Talk. Gisela: The Making of the Beast. Jurgen: Why Should So Many People Come and Change Our Culture? Katharina: When Germans and Jews Can Talk
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780684829968
Lccn
97007279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36470198
  • (OCoLC)ocm36470198

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