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Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust by [Goldberg, Rita]
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Like Anne Frank, Hilde Jacobsthal was born in Germany and brought up in Amsterdam. Unlike Anne Frank, she survived the war and Otto Frank later became her godfather.

About the Author

Born in Basel in 1949, Rita Goldberg was brought up in the US with periods of her life in Germany where her father was an army psychiatrist. Today she teaches comparative literature at Harvard and is married to Oliver Hart, a British-born professor of Economics at Harvard.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5029 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Halban (27 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTVHWBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book at times reads like an adventure story. It is a page-turner -- I read it in two or three sittings -- but it is much more than that, written with a light touch that only highlights the dreadful events in the background (and the foreground) of this story. I had never read any memoirs concerning the Holocaust before, and opened this one with some trepidation. It takes us from Germany to Holland to Belgium, back to Germany after the end of the war (at Bergen-Belsen), to Israel, to Switzerland, to the US, and then back to Germany again as the author struggles with her feelings and experiences as she lived there for periods, in her childhood and adulthood. It intertwines her mother's story and her own, and this dual perspective brings the events all the nearer to us. A book that's impossible to forget.
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I have enjoyed this book. I'm always interested in different religions especially Judaism & when wrapped up in the life of a Holocaust survivor, it made it doubly interesting. Although the story is quite harrowing at times, I still enjoyed it. To me the only part I found uninteresting was the Epilogue,& that is why I have given 4 stars. But it's good to read of survivors.
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As the child of a Holocaust survivor, I have been waiting for a book like this.

But while my own story differs in so many ways from that of the typical 2nd Generation ("2G") member, I wanted to know more about the effects of being raised by a parent who had undergone such horrible trauma. Especially since my father (who committed identity theft as a refugee in England, enlisted in the RAF and flew 22 bombing missions against his own country before being shot down and spending almost 4 years as a POW, without any protection whatsoever under the Geneva Convention) never told his own family that he was born Jewish and that his own family had been decimated by the Holocaust.

That the author's mother lived such a fascinating and courageous life is what gives this work meaning. That the subject's parents and other close family members were murdered, while she and her brother chose to fight the Nazis with the Underground is laudable and worthy of all the attention this story gets. The close calls and near-misses, culminating in the post-war humanitarian work with other survivors and, later, fighting for freedom in Israel, give this book both meaning and excitement.

But what really makes this story of interest is the writing. Ms. Goldberg brings the story to life with such vibrancy and colour that the story flows and unfolds effortlessly. Reading this book becomes more of a pleasure with every page that is turned.

My only regret is that she does not give more detail on how her mother's wartime exploits, and her parents' later efforts in Israel, have affected her own character. What does it mean to grow up in a household that lives every day with such sadness? Ms. Goldberg describes her mother as happy and funny, and yet one senses that there must be more to the story.

Perhaps in another book? Please…
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This book just didn't cut it for me I must say I tried hard but I just couldn't get into the story! I can't fault the writer because it must of been incredibly hard to write this story but as a avid holocaust reader not my favourite book
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There's plenty of books of this ilk that I have 'enjoyed' reading recounting jewish people's war-time experiences but this is unusual in that it's written by the daughter and there is additional analysis of what it's like to be the offspring of survivors. An amazing story of survival and optimism in itself. Highly recommend it.
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Not to mention a plot line that could easily make a big-budget movie, and even better, is true! This is a really important book - looking at the way that these experiences have reverberated, not just for the survivors, but for their children and grandchildren. As the last eyewitnesses are dying, it is even more important for those who can to carry on the story to do so. As George Santyana famously said, "Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it."
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Beyond the film-worthy story of escape from the Nazis, "Motherland" is a deep and insightful look at what it's like to grow up with larger-than-life parents. Highly recommended.
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Child of a Holocaust survivor, Rita Goldberg's richly personal story-telling gives us a privileged glimpse into a world few of us could ever know.
-Steven Craig
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