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Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 7. Januar 2014

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"[Mounk's] book combines anecdote and analysis in a witty and engaging manner that belies his deeply serious purpose." --Daniel Johnson, The Wall Street Journal"Informative and entertaining . . . What is it like to be a Jew in Germany in the postwar era? What would lead even a handful of Jews to choose to make their lives in the country that was responsible for the Holocaust? And how did the descendants of the perpetrators treat the descendants of the victims? These are the questions at the heart of Mounk's book, which starts out as a memoir but evolves into something more like a history and a polemic. Accessibly written and full of humor, Stranger in My Own Country uses Mounk's own experiences to shed light on postwar German history and current German politics." --Adam Kirsch, Tablet "How do things stand with German Jews [today]? In Stranger in My Own Country, Yascha Mounk gives an artful and thoughtful answer . . . Mounk's personal anecdotes do a lot to make his mindset understandable, but he also deals with the big picture. The best feature of his fine book is how he interweaves macro and micro levels of discussion. He does this, moreover, in graceful prose, which helps to showcase his talent for disentangling paradoxes in original ways." --Paul Reitter, Bookforum"[Mounk] is a gifted raconteur and aphorist, and if you want to learn about Germany's preverse, absurd love for its Jews--the flip side, or the bastard child, of its historical anti-Semitism--this book is a fine place to start . . . Mr. Mounk skillfully puts Germans and Jews on his analyst's couch . . . There is an adage, usually attributed to an Israeli psychoanalyst, that the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz. If you want to understand how that can be, read this book." --Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times "Mounk's account, one of the first on this subject addressed to a general English-speaking readership, is an intriguing and sometimes disturbing glimpse into an aspect of Jewish life of which most American Jews may not be aware." --Martin Green, Jewish Book Council"[A] rich and remarkable memoir . . . Mounk's engaging and provocative book amounts to a kind of intellectual and emotional self-portrait of the author himself and, at the same time, a historical and cultural profile of post-war Germany." --Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal"In Stranger in My Own Country, Yascha Mounk compellingly illustrates how 'the Jewish question' continues to shape public consciousness and everyday interactions in modern Germany, not least among Gentiles afflicted with the 'philo-Semitism of good intentions.' Deftly interweaving political history and personal experience, Mounk argues convincingly that excessive guilt can be no less toxic than disavowal when it come to reckoning honestly with the past. His book offers no easy answers to those seeking liberation from the burdens of history, and indeed shows how dangerous and misguided this impulse can be." --Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times "Clear, unpretentious, wide-ranging, and touching, Stranger in My Own Country is a story about the patience and the courage necessary for reconciliation. As perspicacious in its argument as it is moving in its anecdote, it's the one book that ought to be read by everybody who suspects there's nothing left to say about the Jews and the Germans. It marks the debut of a writer we'll be likely--and lucky--to count among the most useful of our public intellectuals." -- Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and Hopeful "A solid combination of moving personal saga and thought-provoking research." --Kirkus

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Yascha Mounk is a PhD candidate in political thought in the Department of Government at Harvard University and is the founding editor of "The Utopian." He frequently writes for newspapers and magazines, including" The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," the "International Herald Tribune," "The Nation," "Slate," ""and "Die Zeit."

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A personal story and the difficult interaction of two peoples 8. Januar 2014
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A smart and fascinating study of an impossible situation told in the context of Mounk's own experiences growing up in Germany: Germans and Jews trying against all odds to figure out how to be normal with one another, and failing. Not, as Mount takes pains to point out, for want of trying, but the historical legacy, with all its attendant ambivalence, guilt and resentment, is just too overwhelming to be overcome with mere goodwill. Mounk's survey of the ongoing tensions emanating from the Nazi past extend beyond autobiography to German cultural life (e.g., Martin Walser, Günter Grass) and public policy (debates on participation in NATO- or U.S.-supported wars, demands on the weaker economies within the EU). - You have to feel sorry for the Germans, who can't seem to win for losing. (Mounk is careful to emphasize, however, that white Americans, with our own painful history and fraught race relations, have no reason to be smug.) While reading this book, I learned from the newspaper that some 30,000 Israelis, mainly young people, are now living in Berlin, which got me to wondering whether the problems Mounk describes are to some extent trumped by the "normalcy" of being Israeli. - I found the most moving section of the book to be Mounk's description of German Chancellor Willy Brandt's falling to his knees at the Warsaw Ghetto monument in 1970: "For one long moment there is no movement. Faces freeze. Nobody breathes. After an eternity, Brandt's breath becomes visible: he exhales, perhaps surprised by his own gesture, undoubtedly relieved to have done justice to the occasion. He, who has no personal guilt, has issued a moving plea for forgiveness. He, who need not apologize to anybody, has kneeled on behalf of those who dare not or cared not to. It was a gesture that did as much for Germany's reconciliation with the victims of the Third Reich as thirty years [1949 - 1970?] of democratic rule."
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Eloquently written and moving. 8. Januar 2014
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Highly recommended! Mounk is a fantastic writer: clear and concise, but able to convey a full depth of emotion and detail. The story is fascinating, and extremely important for anyone who wants to understand what it is like to be a secular Jew in post-war Germany (and, indeed, Europe).
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A few good insights 13. Februar 2014
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The book takes on interest when the author personalizes the material. Otherwise spotty unless you're interested in slow changes in the German government.
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mingled history and memoir 26. Januar 2014
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Yascha Mounk's Stranger in My Own Country is a rare, searching, bluntly honest account of the experience of living as a Jew in modern Germany. Beginning with his grandparents' generation, Mounk recounts the entwined histories of his own family and the country of his birth. As Mounk frankly acknowledges, he is an ethnic Jew and not in any way a religious one, so his Jewish identity has developed almost entirely from his grandparents' experience of the Holocaust and his own experience of growing up as a conspicuous, isolated minority in a country deeply (sometimes swaggeringly, sometimes skittishly) uneasy about its past. The book is tilted more heavily towards political history, and less towards personal memoir, than I anticipated from the subtitle and reviews, and that was a bit of a disappointment to me; I thought Mounk's own meditations were the best parts of the book. Still, it's a very compelling exploration of his theme.
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One-sided 25. Februar 2014
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The title implies that the narration will be about a German-Jewish family, when in fact it is about one man whose mother was Polish-Jewish and immigrated into Germany. We learn nothing of his father. The book is really about German politics post-war and gives a recounting of national history that anyone in an introductory German history course would already know. Mixed into the national history is the author's own anti-German opinion. The entire book is contrite, one-sided and simplistic, especially for a Harvard-educated writer.
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