Between Worlds: In Czechoslovakia, England, and America

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The author was born to Jewish parents who converted to Lutheranism. She describes her childhood in the provincial town of Troppau in the Sudentland before World War II. She and her mother fled to England, but her father died in a Nazi concentration camp. After the war, she returend to Czechoslovakia, to find the world of her childhood vanished,a nd she finally immigrated to the U.S.
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In this affecting memoir, Bell, born in the Sudetenland, a German-speaking Czechoslovakian Jew, describes the ethnic and religious limbo into which she, a schoolgirl, was propelled when the Nazis took over her homeland in 1938. She and her mother found refuge in England; her father, who remained, died in a work camp. Bell recalls the cultured world she lost when she became a refugee, a world never restored, even when she returned to Communist Czechoslovakia. Other events brought her to northern California, where her adult education flourished and where she is president of the Pacific Coast branch of the National Conference of British Historians. Stoic acceptance and a doughty resilience are the underpinnings of this personal footnote to a history of persecution. (July)
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Bell lived the early years of her life as the pampered only child of a German couple in Sudeten Czechoslovakia. Although they had converted, Judaism was in the family background, and Bell's parents decided to leave the continent. Bell and her mother fled to England, but her father stayed behind and died in a concentration camp. Bell narrates her years as a teen in England, her return to Czechoslovakia after the war, her realization that she no longer fit there, and her return to England. She eventually ended up in America and became a feminist historian. Although interesting, especially about
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525933144
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/1991
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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