Tearing The Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi

Review: Very much expressed so many similar thoughts, observations and impressions I’d gained interacting with other Germans or those who consider Germany their homeland.

For those critics and not very well read persons who attack any and all things German based on Nazis actions during WW2, even blaming and hating descendants…by majority no one can be more critical and horrified and yes, guilt-ridden by what those who knew or suspected their parents or grandparents involvement with the murder of millions.

Like any child, grandchild or others connected to mass murderers, you feel the burden even if you had absolutely NO part of those person’s behaviours or choices. You have to live with condemnation and censure which shouldn’t be yours or should not automatically be assigned.

For those who continue to make assumptions about descendants, do us all a favour and read this book. It is heart rending the honesty and sincerity of these real people who told their stories. I, too, have felt the way they did (and continue to) many, many times. Sometimes you feel guilt: though the guilt is not yours, you feel people should have done more back then. You feel angry sometimes: angry because people still try to blame you or consider you tainted, when it wasn’t your fault. You feel exasperated that people still try to point fingers at you: your country, your culture, your society most especially when in the case with Americans, their government and people committed atrocities of their own, reference Native American Genocide Statistics and  American Indian genocide, and their actions still continue politically, culturally and societally.

Note: This is a repost. For some reason this review got deleted when WP changed formats some months ago. I just realized this.

Description: Brilliantly interviewed by bestselling novelist Ursula Hegi, German Americans born in Germany during and immediately following World War II speak out about the legacy of grief and shame that continues to haunt them.

  • Paperback, 304 pages
  • Published May 24th 2011
  • Publisher: Touchstone(first published 1997)
  • ISBN: 068484611X (ISBN13: 9780684846118)
  • Source: Self-purchase

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Filed under Non-Fiction, Reviews, Writers and Writing

One response to “Tearing The Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi

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