Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America - Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies (Hardback)
  • Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America - Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies (Hardback)
zoom

Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America - Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£33.95
Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/07/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Symbolized by a three-hundred-year-old Seder plate, the religious life of Fred Behrend's family had centered largely around Passover and the tale of the Jewish people's exodus from tyranny. When the Nazis came to power, the wide-eyed boy and his family found themselves living a twentieth-century version of that exodus, escaping oppression and persecution in Germany for Cuba and ultimately a life of freedom and happiness in the United States. Behrend's childhood came to a crashing end with Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) and his father's harrowing internment at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. But he would not be defined by these harrowing circumstances. Behrend would go on to experience brushes with history involving the defeated Germans. By the age of twenty, he had run a POW camp full of Nazis, been an instructor in a program aimed at denazifying specially selected prisoners, and been assigned by the U.S. Army to watch over Wernher von Braun, the designer of the V-2 rocket that terrorized Europe and later chief architect of the Saturn V rocket that sent Americans to the moon. Behrend went from a sheltered life of wealth in a long-gone, old-world Germany, dwelling in the gilded compound once belonging to the manufacturer of the zeppelin airships, to a poor Jewish immigrant in New York City learning English from Humphrey Bogart films. Upon returning from service in the U.S. Army, he rose out of poverty, built a successful business in Manhattan, and returned to visit Germany a dozen times, giving him unique perspective into Germany's attempts to surmount its Nazi past.

Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557537843
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Rebuilt From Broken Glass is, after all, not simply a memoir about family and faith, but a work of history, written by an eyewitness.

--Kevin Riordan, The Philadelphia Inquirer (08/11/2017)

You may also be interested in...

Ten Myths About Israel
Added to basket
The Boy with the Topknot
Added to basket
Genius and Anxiety
Added to basket
A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi`is
Added to basket
Strange Hate
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Islamic Enlightenment
Added to basket
It's Not About the Burqa
Added to basket
The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz
Added to basket
The Jewish Cookbook
Added to basket
£35.00
Hardback
But You Did Not Come Back
Added to basket
Night
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Belonging
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Safe
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Letters to a Young Muslim
Added to basket
Night
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.