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Last Waltz in Vienna: The Destruction of a Family, 1842-1942 Paperback – 8 Oct 1982

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (8 Oct. 1982)
  • ISBN-10: 0330267809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330267809
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The discovery of this book was serendipity! The author's obituary in 'The Times' persuaded my wife and me to buy the book. It is a truly horrific tale of the plight of the Jewish population in the Hitler years, but before that, the everyday life of a prosperous Jewish family in Vienna is explained vividly.
For a marvellous readable record of one man's family over a hundred-year period of fortune and misfortune , this is a magnificent piece of writing.
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a n intereting study of jewish life in vienna before and after the anschluss. very good condition and a bargain even after the punitive pstal charges now worldwide
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d8df9e4) out of 5 stars 1 review
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HASH(0x9d8e5ba0) out of 5 stars An earlier edition of a now reissued family saga 20 Feb. 2005
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book apparently has been reprinted by Pan Books in Britain more recently, but is available in many libraries in the US, although it remains here out of print. I copy my review from the Pan edition hereafter; this Holt copy carries the whole subtitle.

This well-written, incisive, and even-handed telling of the author's Klaar family in Austria, 1842-1942, is a fine way to find out about how many Jews entered into the middle classes out of the shetl and worked their way up into the military and civilian ranks. The end of the narrative, when the author becomes a protagonist as he does in the opening pages, really captured my interest much more.

I wish Clare had taken more time with his own gripping story rather than so much focus on his predecessors, but this undoubtably is out of humility and respect for his forebears. I cannot tell if the book was written in German and then translated by the same author or if Clare only wrote the German original and the original publisher (Macmillan in London) anonymously translated it into fluid, forceful, and thoughtful English. Perhaps a minor point given the impact of the climax of the tale he tells of his kindred, but I commend him for the effort he put into his work, in the telling and the style both.

Also recommended: Charles Fenyvesi's account of how he excavated the roots and found the branches still flourishing of his Hungarian Jewish ancestors over the past 300 years, "When the World Was Whole."
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