The Parthenon of Books

The Parthenon of Books in the German city of Kassel is the work of Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, who constructed this replica of the Athens monument using 100,000 once-banned books. It is the second time Minujín has built such a temple – the first was in 1983 in her native Buenos Aires using books forbidden by the military dictatorship of Argentina. More info here. Continue reading The Parthenon of Books

Hanns and Rudolf: the true story of the German Jew who tracked down and caught the kommandant of Auschwitz

Author: Thomas Harding

Language: English

Summary: WINNER OF THE WINGATE PRIZE

The untold story of the man who brought a mastermind of the final solution to justice.

May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second Word War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. One of the lead investigators is Lieutenant Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who is now serving in the British Army. Rudolf Höss is his most elusive target. As Kommandant of Auschwitz, Höss not only oversaw the murder of more than one million men, women, and children; he was the man who perfected Hitler’s program of mass extermination. Höss is on the run across a continent in ruins, the one man whose testimony can ensure justice at Nuremberg.

Hanns and Rudolf reveals for the very first time the full, exhilarating account of Höss’s capture, an encounter with repercussions that echo to this day. Moving from the Middle Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the story of two German men- one Jewish, one Catholic- whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way. Source: amazon.com

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Germany for Beginners: the German way expat guidebook

Author: Jane Park (Editor), Hyde Flippo (Editor)

Language: English

Summary: For expats, by expats. What if you could sit down with a team of expats, and get advice from people who together have decades of experience living and working in Germany? Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guidebook allows you to gain access to the personal knowledge and experience of eight current and former expats.

Expat life in Germany can include glorious outings to Alpine castles, bratwurst and mugs of beer in the local Biergarten, and weekly shopping trips to the farmer’s market on the colorful local square. But it also can mean isolation, displacement, unemployment, and exclusion. With blunt honesty the authors address these issues and many more. How do I deal with homesickness? How can I make friends in my new country? How do I deal with being a trailing spouse? These are vital matters that rarely get covered in your standard expat “how to” guidebook. You don’t have to do this alone! Source: amazon.com

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The one I was

Author: Eliza Graham

Language: English

Summary:Restless, troubled Rosamond Hunter has spent most of her life running away from the past, filled with guilt about her involuntary role in her mother’s death. When her nursing job brings her back to Fairfleet, her childhood home, to care for an elderly refugee, she is forced to confront the ghosts that have haunted her for so long.

Her patient, Benny Gault, first came to Fairfleet, England, in 1939, having fled Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport train.

As his health fails, he and Rosamond begin to confide in each other. At first their tentative friendship revolves around the love they both shared for Rosamond’s glamorous grandmother, Harriet, but as their trust in each other grows, guilty secrets are exposed and history is turned on its head. Source: Amazon.com

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Germany’s controversial new version of ‘Mein Kampf’ is now a bestseller

It’s been called one of the most dangerous books in history, a tome that has stoked hatred ever since it helped Adolf Hitler rise to power. The reputed might of Mein Kampf, or “My Struggle,” is so strong that the book was banned for 70 years in Germany. But last year, a copyright expiration brought Hitler’s manifesto back to German bookshelves—and, as Melissa Eddy reports for The New … Continue reading Germany’s controversial new version of ‘Mein Kampf’ is now a bestseller

When in Germany, do as the Germans do: the clued-in guide to German life, language, and culture

 

Author: Hyde Flippo

Language: English

Summary: Never feel like a stranger in Germany again!

On entering a restaurant, should you find your own table or wait to be seated? What is a suitable topic for small-talk with a stranger? In what circumstances might you ask to borrow ein Handy? All these answers and more can be found in When in Germany, Do As the Germans Do, a fun and intriguing book that teaches you about Germany’s culture, language, and people.

It features 120 intriguing multiple-choice questions that are cross-referenced to fascinating articles on pop culture, customs, behavior, history, consumer trends, literature, tourist sights, business, language, and more. Also included are key terms and useful expressions, informative charts, and websites for further reference. Source: amazon.com

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