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A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped
With a new coda
“Raphael contributes again to the genre of second-generation Holocaust literature in which he is a pioneer. . . . True to his other works, his book is powerful and captivating to the end, painting vivid pictures of his parents’ suffering, his hatred of Germany, and eventually his healing and reconciliation.”
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.
“Part genealogical study, part book tour travelogue and part coming-out account, the author’s stark portrayal of religious, sexual and literary evolution is a compassionate record of one man’s several liberations.”—Richard Labonte, Bookmarks, “Top Ten Nonfiction Titles of 2009”
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.
• Visit Lev Raphael’s website at
www.levraphael.com for a schedule of his upcoming appearances
• You can now see Raphael on YouTube doing a short reading from My Germany.
• Raphael's interview with WKAR News on NPR © Morning edition is available here: WKAR interview.
• My Germany has a rave review on the Bookslut blog: www.bookslut.com/features/2009_05_014423.php
Many other reviews, features, and interviews can be found at: www.levraphael.com/sgrevu_mg.html
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LC: 2008039540 E
236 pp. 6 x 9 15 b/w illus.
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