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Čo to má spoločné so mnou?

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In the spring of 1945, on the Austrian-Hungarian border, not far from the front lines of the advancing Red Army, Countess Margit Batthyany gave a party in her mansion. The war was almost over, and the German aristocrats and SS officers dancing and drinking knew it was lost. Late that night, they walked down to the village, where 180 enslaved Jewish laborers waited, made th
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Published September 2019 by Vydavateľstvo Absynt (first published 2016)
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Bob H Due out in October 2017 by Da Capo Press. I just reviewed an advance reading copy via Amazon.
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author, Sacha Batthyany, comes from a famous, old, aristocratic Hungarian family. Although he was raised in Switzerland, he was aware that his ancestors included a former prime minister, a bishop and several Counts. His ancestors were influential and, although they had lost their fortune after the war, to locals of the village where his grandmother grew up, they were viewed with immense respect in a society which was virtually still feudal. So, when a colleague dropped an article on his desk fro ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2016
The English title of this book is a tad misleading – yes, there was a suspicion that a serious crime was committed by one of the (now long dead) members of the author’s family, but the original title “What Do I Have to Do With It” seems more adequate.

The author is presented with an article about his great aunt who supposedly organised a party during WWII where the main entertainment was shooting almost 200 Jews. Batthyany is rightly shocked and sets on a journey to find out whether the story is
Roman Clodia
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My relations had not tortured or shot anyone. They had simply watched and done nothing, they had stopped thinking, they had stopped existing as human beings although they knew what was going on. Is that, in Hannah Arendt's famous phrase, the banality of evil?"

This is a very honest memoir as Batthyany goes in search of a family history, a sense of self and, possibly, a form of redemption and community. A journalist in Switzerland, he's shocked when a newspaper uncovers his Hungarian aristocratic
Lily S.
5 brightly shining stars!

Many years ago a nazi soldier killed a Jewish couple in the yard of a Hungarian aristocratic family. In the present Sacha Batthyány explores how his life is interconnected with the happenings of that afternoon using the diary of his grandmother.

This book could have been a cold compilation of facts and it still would have been relevant and interesting. Instead Sacha's stream of consciousness style guides us into the deeper workings of the psyche and connects the past wi
the author, a second generation swiss Hungarian whose grandparents and teenage father fled Hungary after 1956 and whose great grandfather was one of the leading Hungarian aristocrats until the communist takeover, starts investigating a newspaper report about his German great aunt (sister in law of his grandfather from the billionaire thyssen steel family) being involved in the massacre of 180 Jews in march 1945 in Austria on her estate
his investigation will lead him to find out a lot about his f
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the way of memoirs, this one is an emotional roller coaster. There were things about this book that I liked and I felt like I learned something from reading it, but there were also times when I felt confused, particularly when delving into the writings left behind by the author's family members. I felt there was just too much going on from too many different sources for me to keep up. I suppose when it is your family and you can keep track of who is who it is easier to understand, but for the ...more
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This was interesting because it was part family history and part navel-gazing. The author goes to therapy questioning if trauma and evil are passed down via genes and to find out why he feels little or no connection to his country of birth.

It starts with a coworker tossing a newspaper article onto his desk about his great aunt and her guests supposedly taking a break from a party to slaughter 180 Jews in WWII Hungary only to go back to the drinks and dancing. Now that would be shocking to anyon
Ashley Gillan
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was SO excited to get a review copy of this book - I read an interview with the author about a week before I was approved for the book and was fascinated. We've all read memoirs from Holocaust survivors, some even from their children documenting their parents' stories.

But what about the third generation? The ones whose grandparents and great-grandparents survived the chaos of WW2 Europe and its aftermath? How does the past affect them? That is exactly what this book explores, and it's really i
Jill Meyer
It's now 70 plus years since the end of WW2 and the horrors of war have been exposed. We now have the grandchildren of Holocaust victims writing their memoirs of how their generation - the third - have been affected by atrocities of the past. But it's not just the children and grandchildren of survivors writing, there are also books by descendants of the perpetrators (or those who feel they might be the kin to the guilty.) "A Crime in the Family", by Swiss journalist Sacha Batthyany, is a look a ...more
Marcus Hobson
I enjoyed A Crime in the Family, but I can only give it three stars because for me the narrative didn't really flow.

In essence we are jumping backwards and forwards across generations to understand a crime that happened in Hungary at the every end of the Second World War. As the Russian Red Army advances through Hungary, a party is held at an ancient castle which belonged to the author's ancestors. The Jews from the local village are rounded up on the night of the party and shot by members of th
This book confused me from the start. What should have been a heartwrenching historical horror story was told in a cold, detached way. It was very difficult to start the book...disjointed, introducing characters in a minimal way and describing too many places and times quicker than you could get them straight. Then It switched from being diaries of two women from Hungary, one Jewish and one Catholic--I had hoped it would get more interesting. The incident of the Jews being executed outside the C ...more
Bob H
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocaust, history
The author, whose aristocratic family had fled Hungary after WWII, now embarks on a journey to retrace a family mystery: did her great-aunt Margit take part in the murder of 180 Jewish laborers at the war's end? The book is his story, his account of his research in the family diaries, his travels to the site of the family mansion.

Along the way he also becomes interested in Agnes, whose Jewish family had known the author's family and lived in their town and who was a young girl when she and her b
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subject matter is deeply disturbing, which made it a difficult read. The chapters consisting of diary entries are wonderful (though at times I wondered how it was possible that both young women were able to maintain technically proficient contemporaneous journals/memoirs under challenging and extreme conditions). The chapters where the author describes his interactions with his therapist are bizarre and indulgent.

Not entirely certain how I feel about the book.Some of it feels so fantastic th
John Reid
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone gives you a newspaper clipping that alleges a relative is guilty, by association, in a heinous crime, a multiple murder. When you begin to investigate, there appears to be at least superficial evidence to support the allegation. What do you do? Do you accept the mounting evidence that exists and continue to investigate, or do you brush it under the carpet and hope it goes away, much as your family seems to have done over the years since the occurrence?

A book I finished tonight kept takin
Linda Spyhalski
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2018
A memoir of brutality, heroism, and personal discovery from Europe's dark heart, revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of World War II. Wow, a touching book about the search of family history, good, bad or otherwise, and accepting the truth when you find it. After finding the truth you must learn how to live with it and move on!
The author is a journalist, born in Switzerland to Hungarian emigre parents. He had heard (horror) stories of a great-aunt-by marriage and her actions during the Nazi occupation of Austria/Hungaria. He did extensive research, using his mother's diary, and this book is the result.
Carmen Agustin
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, my favorite part was the diary excerpts from both the author's grandmother and her Jewish neighbor during that time and what they experienced during the second world war.
Advance copy courtesy Da Capo Press via the Amazon Vine program

With "A Crime in the Family," Sacha Batthyany tackles the topic of personal choice and the ripples our actions create for ourselves, those around us, and sometimes for people in generations to come.

His grandparents have made it through World War II, and make a home for themselves in Switzerland after the war. The fundamental shifts in their lives between their prewar youth and their postwar realities occupy a distant haze on the frin
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this book A LOT!
I find this event in time so fascinating. Ever since reading Anne Franks diary as a teenager holocaust stories have troubled me and touched me as it has no doubt millions of others.
Additionally I am a bit of a family history girl and find it so important to consider how the lives and decisions of our forefathers continue to touch our present day lives.
So this book had the perfect premise for me.
However I did find it a bit lacking.
Maybe it was the translation b
Wend Wendland
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reviews
A Crime in the Family is a compelling memoir that looks at two of my favourite subjects: moral culpability and intergenerational guilt.

Written by Swiss journalist Sacha Batthyány in an engaging but forthright tone, it combines autobiography with family history (the Batthyány family is so distinguished it has its own Wikipedia page) and explores what it is like to discover that one of your ancestors has carried out a horrendous war crime that has remained secret for decades.

The book’s main focus
Michelle Kidwell

A Crime in the Family

A World War II Secret Buried in Silence--and My Search for the Truth

by Sacha Batthyany

Perseus Books, Da Capo Press

Da Capo Press

Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 10 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of A Crime in the Family through Da Capo Press and Netgalley:

We are introduced to Agnes who was ninety during the prologue but was eighteen when she was deported to the concentration camp. She survived Aushwitz .

In the Spring of 1945 on the Austrian-Hungarian not far from the fr
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a Kindle Edition that I read. And I saw other titles for what I believe to be the same book, such as Crime of the Family?

But I did read this true account by Batthyany of history in his family dating to 1944. My thoughts about the author are two fold: he must have an incredible conscience to feel any responsibility for what his family members did some almost 70 years ago; and writing this book must have been wonderfully therapeutic for him.

As to the story, it is not too dissimilar fr
I was really excited to read this one. I expected more of the book to focus on finding out the details of the crime committed by the author's great aunt. Maybe some time spent on identifying those who were murdered, their families, etc. That is not what you get with this tale. That story is the impetus for the journey the author takes over many years to learn more about his family. The focus quickly moves from the great aunt to other family members experiences. However, the telling of the tale i ...more
Jeffrey Green
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book, a Swiss journalist, discovered that his great aunt was a war criminal and set out on a search to discover the ways in which his noble Hungarian family was implicated in the crimes of the Third Reich. At the same time, he describes the suffering visited on his family by the Soviet Union and the Communist government of post-war Hungary. His inquiries take him from Siberia to Argentina, and, of course, to Hungary. Translated from German with some awkwardness here and there, ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I thought it was. I thought that the story was going to be focused on the crime that took place with Aunt Margit and her involvement of the massacre of 188 Jews. Instead the book goes more into the authors( Sacha Bratthyany) self personal reflections and the history of his parents and grandparents. I can't help but think that certain events were used to hype up the book. I was very close to dnfing the book, but I did find the history with his parents and grandparents inter ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The massacre of 180 Jews in Rachnitz is just a footnote here, the catalyst for the author to examine his family's history in detail and write a book about it. His story jumps haphazardly from one person/one story to the next: the diaries of his grandmother and a Jewish girl who lived close by, then the story of his grandfather, the story of how the family was forced to lead Communist-run Hungary, and the story of the author himself who feels the need to psycho-analyze his family's history and hi ...more
A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.

Batthyany takes a somewhat roundabout way to tell a story about his extended family - by integrating interviews from family members in Russia, Hungary, Austria, and Argentina, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, and his own memories and staged, imagined dialogues, a reader learns about his grandmother, Maritta, and a Jewish girl, Agnes, whose family worked in service for Maritta before being evacua
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In terms of the topic it deals with, it was quite interesting to see how one's life can be upturned by finding out a family member was a (suspected) Nazi lover and that most of the older generation in the family knew about this but did not talk about it. So that was an interesting read. On the other hand however, if you look at it as just another story about family secrets and skeletons in the cupboard kind of topic, it's not so much different from other similar books.

However, with the author be
Tammy Adams
I found both the story of The Hostess from Hell and the entries from the old journals interesting.

What bothered me was the author’s inner turmoil concerning “what’s still left in my bones from earlier times” and “what influence past events have in making us what we are”. Margit was married to his grandfather’s brother- there is no blood connection there! I think I’d rather have read a book about the events leading up to, during, and after the massacre. The author’s battle of conscience, so to s
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