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Prague in Danger: The Years of German Occupation, 1939-45: Memories and History, Terror and Resistance, Theater and Jazz, Film and Poetry, Politics and War

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A dramatic account of life in Czechoslovakia's great capital during the Nazi Protectorate
 

With this successor book to Prague in Black and Gold, his account of more than a thousand years of Central European history, the great scholar Peter Demetz focuses on just six short years--a tormented, tragic, and unforgettable time. He was living in Prague then--a "first-degree half-
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ebook, 288 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 15th 2008)
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Ed
Decently written, informative account of the Nazi occupation of Prague during WWII. Demetz includes personal accounts (he was there, a teenage half-Jew) as well as literary-historical accounts (this is his academic focus as a prof in the States). Both are insightful and fun to read, but both seem a bit on the apocryphal side and some of his efforts to mix teenage whimsy and sexual awkwardness into his personal story seem strained, overly self-conscious, and ultimately superfluous. After reading ...more
Loring Wirbel
All the correct ingredients are in this memoir - a rare look inside Nazi-occupied Prague, a discussion of how the Prague avant-garde of the 1930s and 1940s morphed into the post-WW2 Czech experimental art scene, and some personal family anecdotes from a man that helped define Czech literature. Unfortunately, the elements simply don't come together in fully coherent fashion. Demetz's stories of growing up a jazz-loving teen in occupied Prague make this book worth the effort, and he also explains ...more
Doug Walters
Dec 15, 2015 Doug Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been to Prague twice, and it still amazes me just how much the city was spared during the chaos of World War II. Demetz's book is an incredible story of what it was like to be there during the years of German occupation in the City of 1000 Spires. The author talks about his own experiences during occupation, his time in a small labor camp, the fate of several other Czech authors and poets, his friends and family, and at times the book elicits some truly emotional imagery.
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