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The Song is Over: A Jewish Girl in Dresden (Fire Ant Books)

Henny Brenner

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ISBN 10: 0817355960 / ISBN 13: 9780817355968
Published by Fire Ant Books, 2010
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Title: The Song is Over: A Jewish Girl in Dresden (...

Publisher: Fire Ant Books

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition - may be Reissue.

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A moving story of German Jews saved by the firebombing of Dresden. February, 1945. After heavy bombing by Allied air forces, Dresden was on fire and in ruins. Ironically, for the few Dresden Jews who had not yet been deported and murdered by the Nazis, the destruction meant rescue. With the Gestapo order for the family to report for deportation still in hand, Henny Wolf Brenner and her parents ran for their lives. They went into hiding and waited for the end of the war. Despite the family's fears, the Gestapo did not succeed in tracking down the city's last few Jews, and the family survived. At the end of the war the Red Army liberated Dresden. But instead of the desired release from terror into a resumption of a peaceful, productive life, different forms of repression awaited Brenner and her parents. In the new communist-run East Germany, she was refused advanced schooling because she was not a Party member. Under the communist regime, it was clear the Jewish population was not welcome, and consequently normal life was impossible. With heavy hearts, the family decided to abandon their beloved home and risk the dangers of flight from East Berlin to West Berlin. With the help of good friends, they were successful in their venture.


"A rich and significant account . . . The fleshing out of the details of her family's normal bourgeois life, including wash day and monthly theater visits is exemplary. Likewise, Brenner's account of school life is illuminating from a number of perspectives, not the least of which is the initial lesson in racial 'biology' from a Nazi teacher, in which she was identified as a typical 'Aryan German girl.'"

--Michael Berkowitz, author of The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality

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