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Born Jewish : a childhood in occupied Europe /
by Marcel Liebman ; translated by Liz Heron ; with an introduction by Jacqueline Rose.
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London ; New York : Verso, 2005.
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xix, 181 p. : ill., ports.
ISBN
1844670392 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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London ; New York : Verso, 2005.
isbn
1844670392 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5818447
 
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An engrossing and moving yet coolly dispassionate memoir. Going against the grain of Holocaust orthodoxy, Liebman depicts Jewish life under occupation in all its hues ' including the craven complicity of the Jewish council ' as well as the many, if still too few, acts of solidarity by Belgian workers, Communists and enlightened Catholics.
An engrossing and moving yet coolly dispassionate memoir. Going against the grain of Holocaust orthodoxy, Liebman depicts Jewish life under occupation in all its hues “ including the craven complicity of the Jewish council “ as well as the many, if still too few, acts of solidarity by Belgian workers, Communists and enlightened Catholics.
An engrossing and moving yet coolly dispassionate memoir. Going against the grain of Holocaust orthodoxy, Liebman depicts Jewish life under occupation in all its hues including the craven complicity of the Jewish council as well as the many, if still too few, acts of solidarity by Belgian workers, Communists and enlightened Catholics.
'oeAn engrossing and moving yet coolly dispassionate memoir. Going against the grain of Holocaust orthodoxy, Liebman depicts Jewish life under occupation in all its hues '" including the craven complicity of the Jewish council '" as well as the many, if still too few, acts of solidarity by Belgian workers, Communists and enlightened Catholics.'
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Both memoir and indictment, this is the eminent anti-Zionist Marcel Liebman's account of his childhood in Brussels under the Nazi occupation. Leibman tells the story of his family's ordeal in the face of constant persecution and terror.
Long Description
Eminent Marxist intellectual reveals class struggles in Nazi-torn Belgium. ""My story is a reaction against the travesty of history, with its wish to obliterate the crimes of some and the complexity of others... These then are the dead shadows, here are my ghosts risen from a past where I thought I had hidden them away forever.""--from "Born Jewish" This fierce memoir is both elegiac and indicting. Marcel Liebman's account of his childhood in Brussels under the Nazi occupation explores the emergence of his class-consciousness against a background of resistance and collaboration. He documents the internal class war that has long been hidden from history--how the Nazi persecution exploited class distinctions within the Jewish community, and how certain Jewish notables collaborated in a systematic program of denunciation and deportation against immigrant Jews who lacked the privileges of wealth and citizenship. An eminent anti-Zionist and Marxist, Liebman tells the story of his family's struggle to survive in the face of persecution, terror and constant evasion, an existence observed with acuity, humor and lyricism.
Main Description
This fierce memoir is both elegiac and indicting. Marcel Liebman's account of his childhood in Brussels under the Nazi occupation explores the emergence of his class-consciousness against a background of resistance and collaboration. He documents the internal class war that has long been hidden from historyhow the Nazi persecution exploited class distinctions within the Jewish community, and how certain Jewish notables collaborated in a systematic program of denunciation and deportation against immigrant Jews who lacked the privileges of wealth and citizenship. An eminent anti-Zionist and Marxist, Liebman tells the story of his family's struggle to survive in the face of persecution, terror and constant evasion, an existence observed with acuity, humor and lyricism.
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Eminent Marxist intellectual reveals class struggles in Nazi-torn Belgium. "My story is a reaction against the travesty of history, with its wish to obliterate the crimes of some and the complexity of others...These then are the dead shadows, here are my ghosts risen from a past where I thought I had hidden them away forever."--from Born Jewish This fierce memoir is both elegiac and indicting. Marcel Liebman's account of his childhood in Brussels under the Nazi occupation explores the emergence of his class-consciousness against a background of resistance and collaboration. He documents the internal class war that has long been hidden from history--how the Nazi persecution exploited class distinctions within the Jewish community, and how certain Jewish notables collaborated in a systematic program of denunciation and deportation against immigrant Jews who lacked the privileges of wealth and citizenship. An eminent anti-Zionist and Marxist, Liebman tells the story of his family's struggle to survive in the face of persecution, terror and constant evasion, an existence observed with acuity, humor and lyricism.

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