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Singing from the darktime : a childhood memoir in poetry and prose /
S. Weilbach.
imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
description
xii, 128 p.
ISBN
077353864X, 9780773538641
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author
imprint
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
isbn
077353864X
9780773538641
catalogue key
7452795
 
Includes bibliographical references.
Purchase; DSO; 2011; RB291648.
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"Weilbach's poetry is strong - unsentimental and evocative." - Norman Ravvin, Chair, Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
"Weilbach's poetry is strong - unsentimental and evocative." Norman Ravvin, Chair, Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
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The story of a rural childhood in Germany at a time when the world was about to change. By 1937 Hitler's power was beginning to penetrate the peaceful agricultural village in the Rhine Valley where S. Weilbach lived with her family. Without warning, her carefree life became a scene of bewildering racial abuse.
Main Description
Escaping Germany, Weilbach describes her surreal experience aboard the luxury refugee ship the St Louis, refused the right to land first by Cuba and then by the United States and Canada and finally forced to turn back to Europe, where England and other countries eventually provided some sanctuary. She recalls her experiences in London - loneliness, confusion, and an incomprehensible language but also the healing acceptance of classmates and teachers. With the approach of World War Two, the mass evacuation of her school to the countryside brings a return to village life, with surprising happiness and the hint of a better future, despite the immediate chaos of war. Singing from the Darktime presents a voice of innocence and resilience in a cruel and frightening world. An afterword by renowned Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen provides historical context.
Main Description
Leaving Germany, Weilbach describes her surreal experience aboard the luxury refugee ship the St Louis, which was refused the right to land first by Cuba and then the United States and Canada and was forced to turn back to Europe, where England and several European countries finally allowed the passengers to find some sort of sanctuary. Weilbach recalls her experiences of London - loneliness, confusion, and an incomprehensible language - but also the healing acceptance of classmates and teachers. With the approach of World War Two, the mass evacuation of her school to the countryside brings a return to familiar village life and surprising happiness and the hint of a better future, despite the immediate chaos of loss and war. Singing from the Darktime presents a voice of innocence and resilience in a cruel and frightening world. An afterword by renowned Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen provides historical context.
Main Description
Singing from the Darktime is a compelling picture of a rural childhood in Germany at a time when the world was about to change. By 1937 Hitler's power was beginning to penetrate the peaceful agricultural village in the Rhine Valley where S. Weilbach lived with her family. Without warning, her carefree life became a scene of bewildering racial abuse, followed by the violent invasion of her home, the arrest of her father, and the disappearance of her beloved grandmother. Weilbach's story of her eventual flight and concealment reveals how children in crisis retreat into imagination, reliving past happiness. Escaping Germany, Weilbach describes her surreal experience aboard the luxury refugee ship the St Louis, refused the right to land first by Cuba and then by the United States and Canada and finally forced to turn back to Europe, where England and other countries eventually provided some sanctuary. She recalls her experiences in London - loneliness, confusion, and an incomprehensible language but also the healing acceptance of classmates and teachers. With the approach of World War Two, the mass evacuation of her school to the countryside brings a return to village life, with surprising happiness and the hint of a better future, despite the immediate chaos of war. Singing from the Darktime presents a voice of innocence and resilience in a cruel and frightening world. An afterword by renowned Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen provides historical context.
Main Description
Singing from the Darktime is a compelling picture of a rural childhood in Germany at a time when the world was about to change. By 1937 Hitler's power was beginning to penetrate the peaceful agricultural village in the Rhine Valley where S. Weilbach lived with her family. Without warning, her carefree life became a scene of bewildering racial abuse, followed by the violent invasion of her home, The arrest of her father, And The disappearance of her beloved grandmother. Weilbach's story of her eventual flight and concealment reveals how children in crisis retreat into imagination, reliving past happiness.Escaping Germany, Weilbach describes her surreal experience aboard the luxury refugee ship the St Louis, refused the right to land first by Cuba and then by the United States and Canada and finally forced to turn back to Europe, where England and other countries eventually provided some sanctuary. She recalls her experiences in London - loneliness, confusion, and an incomprehensible language but also the healing acceptance of classmates and teachers. With the approach of World War Two, The mass evacuation of her school To The countryside brings a return to village life, with surprising happiness And The hint of a better future, despite the immediate chaos of war. Singing from the Darktime presents a voice of innocence and resilience in a cruel and frightening world. An afterword by renowned Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen provides historical context.

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