My German Question
Growing Up In Nazi BerlinBook - 1998
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.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1998.
Characteristics: xii, 208 p.,  p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.