and now an international bestseller.
When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, Address Unknown became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe.
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As originally published in 1938, this is a striking document as Kathrine Kressmann Taylor wrote on ordinary, liberal-mind ...more
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"A short time before the war, some cultivated, intellectual, warmhearted German friends of mine returned to Germany after living in the United States. In a very short time they turned into sworn Nazis. They refused to listen to the slightest criticism about Hitler. During a return visit to California, they met an old, dear friend of theirs on the street who had been very close to them and who was a Jew. They did not speak to him. They turned their backs on him when he held his hands out to em...more
Believe me, you do not want to miss this book. It’s just 40 pages long and just read it.
“This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction.”
──The New York Times Book Review
This is written in the form of letters (which are easy to get into) between a Jew (Max) living in America and his best friend and partner (Martin) who has returned to Germany. You see how Nazi poison got hold of Martin an ...more
The narrative consists of a series of letters exchanged between Max, a Jewish man living in California, and Martin, his German business partner and close family friend, recently returned to Germany; and this correspondence takes place shortly before Hitler takes power.
This tiny book (54 pages) really made a big impression on me and it only took about 40 minutes to read it. A book where not ...more
“In 1939, Simon & Schuster brought out ‘Address Unknown’ as a book and sold fifty thousand copies — a huge number in those years. A quote from The New York Times Book Review stated:
This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction.”(From the foreword)
At the end of 1938, this was first published in “Story”, a literary magazine, and the issue sold out in ten days. Today, we’d say it went viral. It’s easy to see why, and also why they to ...more
It's a correspondence between a Jewish American and his former business partner who has returned to Germany. In the letters you read how the business partner turns to Nazism.
This is an amazing and disturbing little book....only 64 pages long, it packs a punch in every page. First published in 1938 and banned in Nazi Germany when released, it is comprised of letters between two friends. One is a Jewish man living in the US and the other is his Gentile partner in their art gallery who has, with his family, ...more
In my first week of working for him, he called me into his office. When he was 14 years old, he told me, the young men of military age had all gone off to war. This left the boys like him and the old men to work in the l ...more
It's the story of two friends in America, one Jewish, one German, who own a gallery together. When the German returns home in 1933 things happen, relationships alter, and history overlays and rewrites friendships in unthinkable ways.
When I questioned my mother about this time period - she was born in 1923 - she said they didn't t ...more
A few of my Goodreads’ friends have read this story recently and their reviews and comments definitely piqued me interest.
So, wow! This story was published first in 1938, and I can see why it’s a classic.
I can’t remember the last time I so enjoyed a story, in this case told via lett ...more
How do I even start? I finished reading ’Address Unknown’ (1938) by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor on April 26. For the last month, not even one day has passed without pondering on this short book. I simply can’t forget it. It is like a shard of glass circulating in my veins.
Frankly speaking, I underestimated the power of this epistolary novella while reading it and it took me a while to realize how heart-rending it actually was. Beware, it is easy to be fooled by its mock plainness. When I ...more
"Empfänger unbekannt" (addressee unknown). A simple stamp, but in Germany under Nazi rule it could be a question of life and death.
What a story, short but powerful like a ram. Published in 1938, I am not surprised that it is experiencing a second wave of success in our days. It is a great answer when the younger generations ask, how normal people could become faithful and obedient to the Nazi ideology. What changed their hearts so? What steps brought them to such cruelty? I recommend all my Good ...more
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Publication date 2008-06-20
Topics BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
Dramatisation of the 1938 novel.
It is 1938 and two old friends, former business associates in San Francisco, exchange letters. One is an American German Jew, the other an American German who, excited and energised by the new Germany of the 1930s, has gone home. Attitudes harden with the seemingly inexorable rise of Hitler, t ...more
Address Unknown has been publish ...more
Address Unknown is a short epistolary novella with a fascinating plot and a strong message; it was first published in 1938 and its author, Kressmann Taylor, is today almost forgotten.
Max and Martin own a successful art gallery in San Francisco. They are not only business partners but best friends. The bachelor Max is a frequent and welcome guest at Martin's home and quasi a member of the family; the delicate situation that Max' sister and Martin have an affair ...more
"WHEN “ADDRESS UNKNOWN” WAS FIRST published in the United States, in STORY magazine in September 1938, it caused an immediate sensation. Written as a series of letters between a Jewish American living in San Francisco and his former business partner, returned to Germany, the story, early on, exposed the poison of Nazism to the American public."
"Author Kressmann Taylor, “the woman who jolted Americ ...more
The novel is epistolary and roughly based on real-life experiences of the author. Two very close friends and business partners in San Francisco, California, a Jew and a German. The latter, a kind, liberal-mind ...more
There we have made something that no falseness can touch. We are at home.”