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Am Beispiel meines Bruders

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In Toni Morrisons Roman Menschenkind geistert ein Opfer der Sklaverei noch Jahre später am Ort des Geschehens herum. Auch Uwe Timms älterer Bruder spukt Jahrzehnte nach seinem Tod durch dessen Träume. Nur, dass er zu den Tätern zählt -- anfänglich.

Als Angehöriger der SS-Totenkopf-Division verliert Karl-Heinz auf dem Russland-Feldzug zuerst beide Beine, dann das Leben. Du

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Dt. Taschenbuch-Verl. (first published 2003)
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orsodimondo
LO SGUARDO ALLONTANATO
Essere sollevato in aria – riso, esultanza, una gioia irrefrenabile – questa sensazione accompagna il ricordo di un attimo, un’immagine – la prima immagine che mi si è impressa nella mente – con la quale comincia per me la consapevolezza di me stesso, la memoria… È l’unico ricordo di mio fratello, sedici anni più grande di me, che pochi mesi dopo venne ferito gravemente in Ucraina.
Karl-Heinz Timm perse entrambe le gambe e qualche settimana dopo l’amputazione morì – i medic
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Mounir
Dec 15, 2015 Mounir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كما أن الشيطان يكمن في التفاصيل فإن الفن الجميل يكمن أيضا في ملاحظة وتسجيل التفاصيل الإنسانية البسيطة والحميمة, كما في هذا الكتاب البديع
هذا كتاب عن الذاكرة وعن الوعي وعن حياة البشر وكيف يتأثرون ويتغيرون بالأحداث الجسيمة المحيطة بهم
سيرة ذاتية جميلة وعذبة
capobanda
Nov 25, 2012 capobanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tedeschi


A Uwe Timm non è bastato questo percorso, bello e doloroso, per perdonare a suo padre e al suo Paese la colpa di aver continuato a chiedersi per anni se la guerra si sarebbe potuta vincere, per perdonare a suo padre e al suo Paese la colpa di non aver disobbedito quando si poteva, per perdonare a suo Padre e al suo Paese la colpa di aver vestito di parole reboanti modeste ambizioni piccolo borghesi.
E men che meno gli è bastato per perdonare a suo padre e al suo Paese il ricordo di un fratello mo
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Miss Ravi
Oct 25, 2015 Miss Ravi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, 1394
مشکل کتاب این است که فکر میکنید با یک رمان طرفید ولی در واقع این کتاب یک زندگینگاره است و پُر از خاطرات پراکنده با محوریت برادر نویسنده و راوی.
نوع روایت پرکشش و جذاب است اما گاهی شرح وقایع کسلکننده میشود به خصوص وقتی که راوی به جای زندگیاش به بیان تاریخیِ جنگ میپردازد!
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Bjorn
Jun 07, 2013 Bjorn rated it really liked it
Shelves: germany
Uwe Timm was 2 years old when his brother died on the Eastern front, as part of the Waffen-SS. All he has of his brother is a tiny memory fragment of someone blond, a frustratingly vague diary his brother kept, and the word of his parents that his brother was a good kid. An idealist who didn't hate anyone, who couldn't be a coward and refuse to do his part, who definitely wouldn't have been part of... y'know, that. Who just wanted to serve his country like his father had before him. And sure, hi ...more
Elahe
Jun 03, 2016 Elahe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
قسمت های خوبی هم داره اما خیلی پراکنده س ...
Farnaz Ps
Dec 16, 2015 Farnaz Ps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خواندنش را توصیه میکنم
Milan Trpkovic
May 11, 2015 Milan Trpkovic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlična knjiga! Ovo je priča o nemačkoj porodici smeštenoj u periodu pre, tokom i posle WW2. Autor govori o svom bratu, pripadniku SS-a koji je poginuo tokom rata, a koga nije dovojlno poznavao. Priča se osvrće i na njegov odnos sa ocem, majkom i sestrom. Pored pe porodične priče, paralelno se provlači i pitanje samog rata, nacionalsocijalizma i pitanje krivice. Zrelim razmišljanjem i iznošenjem argumenata, ovo je jedna od knjiga koju svako treba da pročita kako bi bolje shvatio ulogu koju je u ...more
Harry
Jul 12, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was moved by this book. The writer, based on only a vague childhood memory and a few terse notes in a war diary, attempts to create a connection with his older brother, who died on the Dnieper in 1943, fighting in an SS sapper unit. in reaching to make personal connection through his writing, he also delves into relations with his father, who fought in both World Wars, and with his mother, who endured loss and hardship with an unassuming steadfastness. This book is remarkable as much for what ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
Uwe Timm has courage enough for talking about his older brother, Karl Heinz, died during the Russian campaign of the German army in World War II when the novelist was just a child.

It's not an easy choice. The risk was pretty clear: writing an elegy on a 19 years old boy sent to death by a regime without having any bad intention from his own, but just obeying to orders.

Timm doesn't justify his brother at all.
From the few letters Karl Heinz sent home during the war, Timm tries to get what he cou
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Mohamad Sadegh
این کتاب بر اساس نامه های برادر نویسنده، یعنی اوووهِ تیم، نویسنده ی آلمانی، که جزء شاخه نظامی اس اس بوده نوشته شده.
یک کتاب ضدجنگ و منتقد نسبت به جنگ افروزان و کلیه کسانی که در مقابل اونها سکوت کردن حتی پدر و مادر نویسنده و حتی برادرش.
در عین نقل خاطرات و ذکر متن نامه های به جا مانده از برادر، زندگی نویسنده، برادر کشته شده در جنگ، خواهر، برادر، پدر و اطرافیان این خانواده نقل می شه که جای دادن همه ی اونها در مسیری که دلخواه نویسنده بوده بسیار جالبه.
نامه های آورده شده، بعد از مرگ برادر و توسط ارتش آ
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Chista Rasouli
الن پومی کالکو:
" پی بردن به اینکه انسان چهقدر راحت میتواند به گوسفند تبدیل شود، هولناک است!"

کتاب، ساختار داستانی نداره درواقع پراکندهنویسیـه. تیم خیلی خوب تونسته یادداشتهای یک خطی برادرش رو ـ که خیلی جاها فعل هم نداشت حتی ـ به یه کتاب تبدیل کنه. خوب تحلیل میکنه و با یه تلنگر ساده، یه جمله کوتاه، آدم رو مجبور میکنه به تحلیل کردن. به شک کردن.
از رکبودن نویسنده خیلی خوشم اومد. تو اکثر زندگینامهها و خاطرات شخصیای که خوندم، احساس کردم نویسنده سعی میکنه تصویر خوبی از خودش یا حداقل اطرافیانش به جا بزاره
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Leka
I ricordi di un bambino, gli occhi di un ragazzo, i pensieri di un adulto.

Colonne di automezzi si spingevano attraverso la città, jeep, camion, blindati, mentre i soldati tedeschi prigionieri avanzavano stracciati. La grande disponibilità ad accogliere le forme di vita americane, il cinema, la letteratura, la musica, l'abbigliamento, quella marcia trionfale veniva dal fatto che i padri non avevano capitolato solo militarmente, ma avevano capitolato anche con il loro sistema di valori e il loro s
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Jennifer
Mar 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the aftereffects of WWII in Germany. Timm writes with such compassion and deep understanding of the wounds he is unearthing--it is a treat. He is a wonderful guy and his writing never ceases to please me. If you want to read this in tandem with Weiter Leben by Ruth Kluger, you could not find a better primer for a post-Shoah discussion of Germany and the Germans.
Albert Lusnia
Apr 05, 2013 Albert Lusnia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. For such a short book with such a large type font this memoir covers a vast range of topics: family/generational problems, fathers and sons, attitudes towards the Nazi era, the psychology of dealing with Germany's Nazi experience. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in World War 2, Modern Germany or Modern European History.
Roya
Sep 18, 2013 Roya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عجیب بود، ترکیبی که تا به حال ندیده بودم، ترکیبی از خود زندگی نامه، و زندگی برادر، و زندگی تک تک اعضای خانواده ... شاید بشود اسمش را گذاشت زندگی نامه ی دسته جمعی آلمان پس از جنگ
عجیب بود و دوست داشتنی و ترجمه هم عملاً بی نقص
Mary Warnement
Oct 16, 2016 Mary Warnement rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, germany
Timm's consideration of his brother Karl Heinz's role in the Waffen SS, before dying in Ukraine in 1943, is as much about his mother, sister, and father. He calls himself the "Afterthought" (Nachsatz in original?) because he was 16 years younger than his brother. His sister was the first born, but the first born son mattered more. His treatment is certainly not objective, but he questions with sympathy and sensitivity. He admits he could not have written this book while his mother and sister liv ...more
Yashar Yashmi
ستاره (از پنج ستاره) : سه ستاره ی تمام

الف: چطور می تونی به این کتاب متوسط ستاره ی سخاوتمندانه ی
سه رو بدی؟

ب: ببین، بعضی چیزها در عین متوسط بودنشون هستند که تبدیل
به عالی می شوند. این حرف و عقیده که این کتاب واقعاً چیزی بیشتر از متوسط نیست کاملاً درست است اما یک فرمول و قاعده ای هم هست ؛ یک نوع حس درونی انسانی، چیزی که من در این دنیای وانفسا اسمش رو گریه می ذارم. شرمنده ام که اینو می گم اما من با این کتاب گریه ها کردم. و می دونم این گریه ها نه به خاطر نثر موجز یا فضای سنگین کتاب یا هر چیز دیگری،
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Maria
Apr 24, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verrassend-goed
Grandioos met veel gevoel geschreven boek waarin Uwe aan de hand van het dagboek van zijn gesneuvelde broer onderzoek doet. Naar zijn broer en zijn motieven om zich vrijwillig te melden bij de Waffen SS: hoe ging hij om met de plicht om te doden, waarom is zijn dagboek zo emotieloos, zo zakelijk, zonder mededogen,hoe was hij eigenlijk ?(Uwe was 4 jaar oud toen zijn broer sneuvelde)
Maar hij schrijft vooral ook over zijn vader, moeder en zus. Kritisch over de vader, met heel veel liefde en ontroer
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Serina
Mar 12, 2016 Serina rated it it was amazing
"Ein mutiger Offizier. Aber ein so ganz anderer Mut als der in Deutschland erwartete, der sich immer im Verband mit anderen beweisen musste, dessen Voraussetzung Gehorsam war, eine der preußischen Tugenden, die den Mut zu Gewalt einschloss, Gewalt gegen andere, Gewalt auch gegen sich selbst [...] der Mut zu töten, der Mut sich töten zu lassen. Was nicht galt, war der Mut Nein zu sagen, zu widersprechen, Befehle zu verweigern."

In diesem Werk spürt Uwe Timm dem Schicksal seines in der Ukraine gefa
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Viti
Dec 21, 2015 Viti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il libro inizia con la morte del fratello di Uwe a seguito di gravi ferite in Ucraina e termina con le ultime frasi del diario di guerra dello stesso fratello. In mezzo la storia di una famiglia tedesca prima durante e dopo la guerra, che é al centro di ogni pensiero azione e riflessione dell'autore. Piacevole questo continuo andare avanti e indietro nel tempo, dagli anni 20 in cui il padre partecipa alle azioni dei Freikorps agli anni 50 in cui lo stesso padre riesce finalmente a costruire la f ...more
Franz
Jun 06, 2015 Franz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This is a well-written family portrait that derives it's focus from a diary kept by the author's brother, who had been a member of the Totenkopf division of the Waffen SS. It had been forbidden to keep diaries for SS members, and the existence of the diary is surprising.

The brother was considerable older than the author, and essentially a stranger. Uwe Timm uses the diary as a anchor to develop a portrait of his family, as well as of the German people under Hitler in general.

This was the right
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Ali
Oct 08, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really recommend if you're interested in German memory of the Holocaust. The book reads as an act of catharsis, of Timm trying to come to terms with his immediate family, their experience and memories of the war, and how he fits and fitted into that. The delicate balance of his personal memories of his family with cultural memory imparted to his post-war generation stops the book from being exhausting, and instead makes it an accessible point of entry for understanding the tension between genera ...more
Anni
Mar 11, 2013 Anni rated it really liked it
I found Uwe Timm's book honest and painful. Having been on the other side (my parents were concentration camp survivors) and understanding the horror of the war from a Jewish perspective, it was deeply enlightening to read a German mans perspective on the personal effects of the war. Timm's repeated quote from one of his brother's letters, "Ivan smoking cigarettes, fodder for my MG" speaks to the horror that anyone could look at another's life with such a lack of compassion.

Timm's attempt to un
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Debbie Walker
Mar 21, 2015 Debbie Walker rated it really liked it
We have an old telephone box by our house that is used as a book exchange and I picked this book up from there. Not maybe something I would ordinarily have selected.

Quite a powerful account of the authors family and an insight into a diary kept by his brother, a member of the elite SS Death's Head Division before he died after having both his legs amputated at the age of 16. Very poigniant in places with the diary ending as follows ........'I close my diary here, because I don't see any point i
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Irene Palfy
The classic German question about guilt and responsibility during and after WW2. Partly this book is a bit unstructured and falls into 'artificial ramblings' which one can either find very literary or very annoying. It's a quite average and still interesting family story - since the average life is fascinating though at times one could forget that.. This book which appears to be written to find out more about Uwe Timm's brother doesn't find out a lot about that - it doesn't show any result which ...more
Georgi
Dec 21, 2013 Georgi rated it liked it
Another "Vergangenheitsbewältigung"book. A man trying to analyze the guilt of his own nation during WW2. Trying to learn more about his family, while describing his brother, who died on the Eastern front, while fighting in Waffen SS. Not much has left of his brother - some old photos, toothpaste and a diary. Was he familiar with the massacres there? Did he take part? The surviving brother has too many questions and is trying to find answers. Very sincere, light and meaningful book.
Zazou
Jun 03, 2012 Zazou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-in-2010
Tijdens het lezen van dit boek viel me op dat er in De ontdekking van de curryworst stukjes voorkomen die autobiografisch zijn. Zoals het verwerken van eekhoornhuiden tot een bontjas die werd geruild voor planken, die vervolgens weer werden geruild voor sigaretten, boter, suiker, kleren en huiden. Dat stukje kom je in dit boek op bladzijde 83 weer tegen.

Wat me erg raakte was een zin op de laatste bladzijde: En in die kam zit wat er van zijn lichaam overgebleven is: een paar blonde haren.
Thomas
May 27, 2016 Thomas rated it it was amazing
"Die Mutter, die sich nicht für Politik interessierte, fragte sich immerhin nach ihrer Schuld, nicht selbstquälerisch bohrend, aber doch so, dass sie von sich aus fragte: Was hätte ich tun können, was tun sollen? Wenigstens ein Nachfragen, sagte sie. Wo waren die beiden jüdischen Familien aus der Nachbarschaft geblieben? Wenigstens diese Frage, die hätte man nicht nur sich, sondern den Nachbarn stellen müssen, genau genommen jedem."
Anna
May 01, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Uwe Timm showed his older brother, who died in Ukraine in 1943 as SS-Totenkopf-Division soldier. Timm waited till he was the only person from the family - he knew that his parents will try to stop him from writing and that a close relative that served in SS should stay a family secret. Uwe Timm was 3 years old, when Karl-Heinz died, so they weren't able to do many things that siblings usually do. Great book.
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Uwe Timm was the youngest son in his family. His brother, 16 years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in 1943. Decades later, Uwe Timm approached his relationship with his father and brother in the critically acclaimed novel In my brother's shadow.

After working as a furrier, Timm studied Philosophy and German in Munich and Paris, achieving a PhD in German literature in
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