Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany
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Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany

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A moving and unsettling exploration of a young man’s formative years in a country still struggling with its past.





As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned that he is Jewish, some made anti-Semitic jokes or talked about the superiority of the Aryan race. Others, sincerely hoping to atone for the country’s past, faw...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Susan
I didn't like this book as much as I hoped to, or wanted to. (See, by the way, a very interesting and, I think, accurate review in the NY Times). The author, a (young) PhD student at Harvard, is from a Polish family, the few of his family to survive the Holocaust. Due to purges of Jews in Poland and job opportunities his mother moved to Germany and that's where the author was raised and educated. His account of being the only Jew many of his contemporaries had ever met is both interesting, amusi...more
Ellen Keim
An important book for its insider look at Germany and its complicated relationship with Jews. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the author wrote only about the negatives, as if Germany is a lost cause and will never adapt to "non-German" elements within its borders. One thing he didn't really touch on was how he feels about Germans, other than to say that the way they walk on eggshells around Jews is almost as bad to him as outright anti-Semitism.

I thought he covered the topics of i...more
Marcia
I came to this book through Mark Oppenheimer's review in the New York Times book review. It's a good review, all things considered, and Yascha is lucky to have gotten it. It helped that he is Jewish at least culturally, a guy, Harvard affiliated and loves New York and he is "harshing" a bit on Germany. The faults are attributed to his youth.
I have lived in NY since 1967 and attended many Jewish film festivals. I have been struck by the many films jointly produced by Israel and Germany. This bo...more
Victoria
A shockingly rude awakening. I picked up the book to find answered to questions about modern Germans' attitude towards the atrocities committed by their ancestors. Questions to which I intuitively had preconceived answers to. But I discovered in this book was an eye-opening revelation about every aspect of modern Germany's mindset far beyond of what I was expecting or looking to discover. I am truly shocked. Every Jew, German, every person must read this book to gain insight into his or her own...more
Rose
Thought-provoking. Germany dealing with its past by either fawning on Jewish Germans or trying to find fault with Israel. The writing is engaging and lively.
Ruby
Fascinating perspective of current day Germany told through the eyes of Jewish young man raised there who no longer feels he can live there. A combination of autobiography, history and novel. Although biased from one perspective I certainly learned while reading it.
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