Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust

Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust

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by Toby Sonneman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1902806107

ISBN-13: 9781902806105

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press

On the morning after Kristallnacht, Toby Sonneman’s father walked through broken glass to apply for the visa that saved him from the fate of so many during the Third Reich. In examining her own family history, the author discovered the similarities between the fate of the Jews and the Gypsies in the Holocaust, both peoples selected on racial grounds

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On the morning after Kristallnacht, Toby Sonneman’s father walked through broken glass to apply for the visa that saved him from the fate of so many during the Third Reich. In examining her own family history, the author discovered the similarities between the fate of the Jews and the Gypsies in the Holocaust, both peoples selected on racial grounds for extermination by the Nazis.

She traveled with an American Gypsy survivor to Munich, where she stayed with the formidable Rosa Mettbach. This is the story of Rosa and other members of an extended family who survived the Holocaust. Shared Sorrows tells the story of a Gypsy family against the backdrop of a Jewish one, detailing and examining their shared sufferings under the Nazis.

My father brought a spool of thread with him from Germany when he came to America in 1939. And another spool of thread, one in my imagination, unwinds slowly and unpredictably, sometimes fraying or tangling. It's a thin and delicate thread that leads me to the Gypsies, to the family that I meet in Germany, the country of so many tangled memories and emotions. And as I talk to them and I listen, following the threads of their stories backwards in time to the 1930s and 40s and before, their memories start to become mine as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902806105
Publisher:
University of Hertfordshire Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Map, Family tree,
Prologue – In Human Terms,
Chronology of Two Families,
1 A bit of sweetness,
2 A bitter root,
3 The family album,
4 Before and after,
5 I can do nothing for you,
6 The sky was grey,
7 Stains on the table,
8 I no like the German people,
9 I never was a child,
10 Inconsistencies,
11 A matter of surviving,
12 Then I realized ...,
13 I cannot talk,
14 Mano, the boy who was lost,
15 Spiritually broken,
16 A piece of bread,
17 In the rain one sees no tears,
18 Their ways and our ways,
19 Homeland,
20 Primitive people,
21 The question of complicity,
22 Run and run,
23 No trust nobody no more,
24 Nobody comes back from my people,
25 Thorns in the garden,
26 Friedhof/Judenfriedhof,
Epilogue – A spool of thread,
Acknowledgments,
End notes,
Bibliography,
Index,

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Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
crazyrunner More than 1 year ago
Overall, a touching book that will greatly interest any reader who is fond of history, or who wants to learn more about the Holocaust from a different perspective. I would not recommend for children. Not too many pages, however, it is very detailed with the Gypsy experience of the Holocaust. The author, who is Jewish, examines her own family history throughout the book by discovering the similarities between the fate of the Jews and the Gypsies in the Holocaust. Toby Sonneman gets oral interviews with Gypies who are still alive that lived during the Holocaust. Their stories alone will enlighten the reader about the forgotten part of the Holocaust. Most people know that the Nazis tried exterminating the Jews, however, most people do not know about the Nazis and their plan to exterminate the Gypsies as well.