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“Working Through a Nazi Childhood” Today at Brandeis

October 12th, 2009 · No Comments

The Center for German and European Studies presents a Jewish-German Dialogue with Ursula Mahlendorf

Today at 12 p.m. in Hassenfeld Conference Center – Levin Ross. Lunch will be served.

Ursula Mahlendorf will discuss her latest work, “The Shame of Survival: Working through a Nazi Childhood.” In writing the novel, Mahlendorf drew upon on her own experiences as well as her research in teaching students about how Germans and German writers deal with their Nazi past.

“Rare are the accounts of what growing up in Nazi Germany was like for people who were reared to think of Adolf Hitler as the savior of his country, and rarer still are accounts written from a female perspective, said Anna Kuhn, University of California, Davis. “This book is a compelling memoir of a girl’s experiences growing up in Nazi Germany that analyzes the lifelong implications of Nazi indoctrination on a sensitive, thoughtful young woman.”

Mahlendorf is a professor emerita of German, Slavic and Semitic Studies at the German department and Women’s Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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