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Pushing Time Away: My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna

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"What binds us pushes time away," wrote David Oppenheim to his future wife, Amalie Pollak, on March 24, 1905. Oppenheim, classical scholar, collaborator and then critic of Sigmund Freud, and friend and supporter of Alfred Adler, lived through the heights and depths of Vienna's twentieth-century intellectual and cultural history. He perished in obscurity at a Nazi concentra ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Ecco Press (first published 2003)
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Dec 29, 2012 Adrian added it
The author decides to investigate the life of his maternal grandfather, David Oppenheim, a man he never knew. Singer pieces together Oppenheim's fascinating life through family letters and papers. DO was part of the intellectual class of Vienna playing a part in circles that included Freud and Adler. He married Amalie, an intellectual of some estimation herself. Their wonderful life was shattered by, in succession, WWI (DO served and was twice wounded), recession, rise of Naziism and the German ...more
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Oct 21, 2014 Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it
This book is essentially a biography of Singer's maternal grandparents; his grandfather died in a Nazi concentration camp, while his grandmother survived.

The book works best as a love story. The relationship between David Oppenheimer and Amalie Pollak began quite oddly: with David's letters about his homosexual interest in another young man. As David refocused his interests on Amalie, another obstacle asserted herself: Amalie was an observant Jew, while David was an atheist or agnostic. (They ul
Sharon Griffin
Oct 04, 2015 Sharon Griffin rated it liked it
This was a very philosophical book, and therefore not really what I expected. I was hoping it would be more about their lives during the takeover of Vienna. I have much respect for the author, though for bringing his grandfather, a very educated man, to life for all readers.
Sep 13, 2007 karen rated it really liked it
A really interesting look at the culture of Vienna in the early part of the 20th Century (Freud, Adler, etc) as well as a poignant tribute to the author's grandfather.
Angela Sorby
Aug 30, 2015 Angela Sorby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating peek into the world of psychoanalytic interwar Vienna.
Jessica Feinstein
'Enjoyed' isn't the right word for this book but I am in awe at what Peter (one of my heroes) has achieved. It's a truly wonderful way to remember his grandfather.
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Peter Albert David Singer is an Australian philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), University of Melbourne. He specializes in applied ethics, approaching ethical issues from a secular preference utilitarian perspective.

He has served, on two occasions, as chair of phil
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