Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in Germany and Austria Today

Peter Sichrovsky, Author, Jean Steinberg, Translator Basic Books $14.95 (165p) ISBN 978-0-465-08211-7
""With my heart I am not a German and never will be. . . . No heart can stand this sort of humiliation,'' says one of the 15 interviewees in this slim but devastating volume. Outwardly, these Jews, all of whom were born after 1945 to parents who survived the Holocaust, enjoy a well-ordered existence relatively free from neighbors' prejudice or harassment. But beneath the surface they are deeply distrustful of gentile Germans and Austrians; they live in fear and anxiety fueled partly by their parents' vivid memories of the Nazis and partly by what they see as an anti-Semitism that never died. They share the view that the elder generation of non-Jewish Germans feels no guilt about Nazi atrocities, while younger ones are abysmally ignorant of history and glorify the past. In the words of one subject, ``Nothing has changed.'' Nearly all of those interviewed believe that the Germans are capable of repeating the Holocaust. Articulate, thoughtful, troubled and troubling, this collective self-portrait of Jews adrift in their native land is also an important probe of modern German society. It breaks a wall of silence. (March 31)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1986
Release date: 03/01/1986
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 165 pages - 978-0-14-009965-2
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