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Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in Germany and Austria Today

Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in Germany and Austria Today

By Peter Sichrovsky

Basic Books, 1986, 165 pp.

The life stories of 13 Jews, all born after 1945, all now living or having lived in Germany or Austria. The author coaxed them out of their own evasiveness. Their lives embrace a vast range of experiences, but evoke a collective loneliness: they live among people who by hostility or excessive sympathy or just embarrassment remind these Jews that they are different, that they are strangers. Not many Jews live in these surroundings: "more Jews perished in a single day's transport under the Nazis than are now living in the German Federal Republic." Persuasive accounts, properly puzzling-but how representative are they?