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Born-Where Robert Schindel

Born-Where

Robert Schindel

Published April 4th 1995
ISBN : 9781572410015
Paperback
300 pages
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Robert Schindels Born-Where is a novel about origins, about the wages of history. Its protagonists are contemporary Viennese and German Jews who are the children of those who were killed in the German extermination camps. The uneasy intertwining ofMoreRobert Schindels Born-Where is a novel about origins, about the wages of history. Its protagonists are contemporary Viennese and German Jews who are the children of those who were killed in the German extermination camps. The uneasy intertwining of their lives with contemporary Germans and Austrians constitutes the panoramic epic that the Viennese author unfolds with keen insight and mordant humor.A concentration-camp survivor is summoned back to Vienna to testify at a belated war-crimes trial. On his reluctant return, he meets the past and the present in Austria, making readers aware of how things were and how much of history and of the legacy of racism still lingers on today. The books wonderfully ironic ending -- worthy of Karl Kraus -- is set at a filming of a kind of Schindlers List, where the children of the dead victims of the Holocaust are hired to play the lambs in order to reenact the fates of their families.