A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped
University of Wisconsin Press, Hardcover, 9780299231507, 210pp.
Publication Date: January 28, 2009
Then the barriers of a lifetime began to come down, as revealed in this moving memoir. After his mother's death, while researching her war years, Raphael found a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer.
What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? Not long after that epochal trip, a German publisher bought several of his books for translation. Raphael was launched on book tours in Germany, discovering not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.Finalist, TLA Gaybie Award for Best Gay Non-fiction
“Part travelogue and part detective story, My Germany is a wholly enthralling, beautifully written story of healing and forgiveness.”—Lynne Olson, author of Troublesome Young Men
“Lev Raphael writes with the precision of a neurosurgeon, the warmth of an ancient storyteller, and the soul of a people that has known the extremes of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, love and hate more than almost any other.”—The Jewish Bulletin, San Francisco
“Stunning and powerful. . . . Lev Raphael’s memoir is a superb work combining intellectual rigor with emotional honesty in exploring his three-fold identity as a son of Holocaust survivors, a Jew, and a gay man.”—Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University