The author talks to an elderly refugee from Germany about her life in a wealthy Jewish family during the 1930s and about her escape from the Holocaust. There is also evidence from her family papers, photos, diaries, invoices letters and interviews from friends and family.
This volume is the story of a historian, Mark Roseman, and his relationship with Marianne Ellenbogen (nee Strauss) - an elderly Liverpool resident with a remarkable past. This chance meeting between an expert on Germany and a survivor of the most terrible event in Germany's history had an impact that neither party could have anticipated. Roseman interviewed Marianne Ellenbogen several times about her experiences, but then - after Marianne's death in 1996 - he found himself with access to a vast range of papers secreted in their house - photos, diaries, letters. This book is about the extraordinary physical and emotional journey these papers provoked -it is a detective story, a love story, a story of great courage and survival under impossible conditions. Drawing on interviews with those who knew Marianne, on countless papers and on Roseman's wider knowledge of the Third Reich, this story s also about a historian's investigation into the nature of memory - about a past that remained "in hiding" for more than 50 years.
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"* "The Past in Hiding" is as raw as history, as subtle and fascinating as a fine novel, and as mysterious as life" Stanley Hoffman * "This is one of the most compelling Holocaust stories I have read...it is not just her [Marianne's] story that is fascinating, but the way that Mark Roseman tells it. He never writes as an impartial observer, but allows his analysis to inform the story. This sense of the author as modern commentator lends to a picaresque history a very special importance." Julia Pascal, The Independent."
About Mark Roseman
Mark Roseman is Senior Lecturer in History at Keele University. His book on the Wannsee Conference: The Villa, the Lake, The Meeting will also be published by Penguin Press in June 2001.
Table of Contents
Childhood in a German-Jewish family; schoolgirl in the Third Reich; shattered glass, shattered lives; blossoming in a harsh climate; the family, the Gestapo, the Abwehr and the banker; love letters in the Holocaust; report from Izbica; deportations, death and the Bund; the escape; memories underground - August 1943-Spring 1944; underground chronicles - April 1944-April 1945; living amid the ruins; the fate of Marianne's family; living with a past in hiding. Abbreviations; dramatis personae.
The Past in Hiding by Mark Roseman
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Winner of Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize: Non-fiction 2000
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