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Paper Kisses

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A fascinating piece of literary detective work about star-crossed lovers in Nazi Germany.

Rudolf Kaufmann, a young Jewish geologist, met Ingeborg Magnusson, a young Swedish woman gifted in languages, in Italy in 1935, and the two quickly fell in love. They spent just a few days together before they had to part. He traveled once to see her in Stockholm; she went once to Ger
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Other Press (first published August 1st 2006)
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Jun 17, 2007 rated it liked it
While the book is just 100 pages, it took Kaiser more than five years to uncover this story of a couple who were separated while the Nazis ruled Germany. The author stumbled on the story when he bought a bundle of envelopes containing letters from Rudolf Kaufmann to Ingeborg Magnusson at a stamp auction. Intrigued, he traced the couple's love story through newspapers, Kaufmann's geology disseration, and interviews with people who knew them. Photographs and images of the correspondence help to fl ...more
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Paper Kisses” is nonfictional collection of love letters that are separated by water and war. I was confused some of the time of what events were taking place in a historic perspective and shifted to the available content, and was pieced together by a devoted author. I found it moving how determined the couple was to seeing each other, and heartbroken by the ending. I would not suggest this book to those who look for fairy tale endings in history; although I would suggest it to anyone who wants ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic
A sad story
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Well researched and heartbreaking. A quick read. A little hard to follow at times, as historical and contextual details can sometimes clog the story flow.
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