My German Question: Growing Up in Nazi Berlin

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In this book, an historian tells of his youth as an assimilated, antireligious Jew in Nazi Germany from 1933-1939 - the story says Peter Gay, of a poisoning and how I dealt with it. Gay describes his family, the life they led, and the reasons they did not emigrate sooner, and he explores his own ambivalent feelings - then and now - toward Germany and the Germans. Gay relates that the early years of the Nazi regime were relatively benign for his family: as a schoolboy at the Goethe Gymnasium he experienced no ridicule or attacks, his father's buiness prospered, and most of the family's non-Jewish friends remained supportive. He devised survival strategies - stamp collecting, watching soccer, and the like - that served as screens to block out the increasingly oppressive world around him. Even before the events of 1938-39, culminating in Kristallnacht, the family was convinced that they must leave the country.

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User Review  - BrianFannin - LibraryThing

Absolutely fantastic book. I bought this two years ago and I'm wondering how I possibly managed to keep it on my shelf, unread, in the meantime. This would be a fantastic memoir even without the ... Read full review

MY GERMAN QUESTION: Growing Up in Nazi Berlin

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A disappointingly lackluster memoir focusing on the six boyhood years (1933—39) Gay spent in Nazi Berlin. All the intellectual and stylistic dimensions that make master historian and biographer Gay ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Peter Gay lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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