A Lesser Child: An Autobiography

A Lesser Child: An Autobiography

by Karen Gershon
     
 
Gershon (1924-1993), writer and poet, is known for her book We Came as Children: A Collective Autobiography (1966) which told of the traumas experienced by refugee children in Britain during WWII. This recounts her childhood as she came of age in Germany under Hitler's growing power. The granddaughter of a prominent member of the local Jewish community, and part of a

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Gershon (1924-1993), writer and poet, is known for her book We Came as Children: A Collective Autobiography (1966) which told of the traumas experienced by refugee children in Britain during WWII. This recounts her childhood as she came of age in Germany under Hitler's growing power. The granddaughter of a prominent member of the local Jewish community, and part of a close-knit and loving family, she was not only academically gifted, but also a natural poet. Still, as the youngest of three sisters, she thought of herself as a lesser child. The book is more than just an account of Gershon's childhood. She illuminates the period leading up to the Holocaust, showing how Jewish families were trapped into becoming victims, while the German people were gradually conditioned to condone it. She vividly recreates the atmosphere of the period, and her analysis of her family's psychology is beautifully and convincingly told.

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Gershon (1924-1993), a poet who has written about her experience as a refugee during WW II ( We Came As Children ), here gives a searing account of growing up as a Jewish child in Hitler's Germany. She writes in the third person, referring to herself as ``Kate,'' the youngest of three daughters born into a close, financially secure family. As anti-Semitism gained ground, Kate's feelings of inferiority increased. Gershon skillfully evokes the slow erosion of civil rights for German Jews and the ways in which this political climate increased the tensions among Kate, her parents and sisters. She is unflinchingly candid about the hostility she felt towards her older sister Anne, whose strength of character she envied. Channeling her anxiety into poetry, Kate wrote about the meaning of being Jewish and her desire to go to Israel. In 1938 her father was able to evacuate Kate and one of her sisters to England before he and his wife were murdered by the Nazis. Photos. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780720608991
Publisher:
Owen, Peter Limited
Publication date:
06/08/1994
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.81(d)

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