Opa Nobody / Edition 1

Opa Nobody / Edition 1

by Sonya Huber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803210809

ISBN-13: 9780803210806

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


It had come to this: breastfeeding her screaming three-month-old while sitting on the cigarette-scarred floor of a union hall, lying to her husband so she could attend yet another activist meeting, and otherwise actively self-destructing. Then Sonya Huber turned to her long-dead grandfather, the family “nobody,” for help.
 
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It had come to this: breastfeeding her screaming three-month-old while sitting on the cigarette-scarred floor of a union hall, lying to her husband so she could attend yet another activist meeting, and otherwise actively self-destructing. Then Sonya Huber turned to her long-dead grandfather, the family “nobody,” for help.
 
Huber’s search for meaning and resonance in the life of her grandfather Heina Buschman was unusual insofar as she knew him only through dismissive family stories: He let his wife die of neglect . . . he used his infant son as a decoy when transporting anti-Nazi literature in a baby carriage . . . and so the stories went. What she actually discovered was that, like his granddaughter, Heina Buschman was a committed and beleaguered activist whose story echoed her own. Huber’s research not only conjured her grandfather’s voice in answer to many of the questions that troubled her but also found in his story a source of personal sustenance for herself. Based on extensive research and documentation, this story of Heina Buschman offers a rare look into the heart of the “average” socialist trying to survive the Nazis and rebuild a broken world. Alternating with his voice is Huber’s own, providing a rich and moving counterpoint that makes this deeply personal exploration of family, politics, and individual responsibility a story for all of us and for all time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803210806
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
American Lives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acronyms of Political Parties     xv
The Intuition of History     1
Sweet Heinrich     19
We Are All Germans Now     33
Make It New     55
The Promise of Power     73
A Lash of the Whip     113
Unions     145
The Fuhrer's Peace     185
The Cataclysm     241
My Mother Remembers Roses     285
Buschmann Family Tree     341
Political and Family Chronology     343
Bibliography     357

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