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Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women by C. Crane

By C. Crane

Divided Lives is a e-book that brings jointly the scary existence tales of ladies from Jewish-Christian marriages whose households have been persecuted lower than Hitler's 3rd Reich. those ladies, the Mischling, part breeds, or part Jews, have been subjected to an onslaught of anti-Jewish legislation that divided spouses, family members, and buddies. From the early Hitler years via publish- conflict Germany, the e-book chronicles those women's own struggles, joys, losses, and terror in addition to how they maneuvered in a rustic that had betrayed them. rather little has been written concerning the plight of Jewish-Christian combined households, might be as a result complicated and arguable break up among their Jewish and Christian roots. Crane, whose relatives suffered below those legislation, has accrued, translated, and interpreted the lifestyles tales of ten ladies who survived. those are common tales of desire and survival that go beyond time, race, faith, category, and gender.

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These Mischling women have little, if any, support in Germany today. Silence is preferable to talking to the “wrong” person about their background. Perhaps this is why they still struggle to one degree or another with their identities. Most Mischlinge who survived do not have support within the Jüdische Gemeinde (Jewish community). The “mixed” women are still “mixed” psychologically and socially. They rarely and cautiously reveal their heritage or their former outcast status so as not to draw attention to themselves.

To her it did not matter that she left behind a fashionable life. My grandmother simply did what she had to in order to regain freedom, including leaving Europe, her past, behind. Sentimentality and rumination can crush life-saving action. Is Hecht’s nostalgia proper? It is certainly difficult to ascertain or theorize such ponderous history. At age twenty, when Hecht was leaving to join her aunt and uncle in Shanghai, she discovered she was pregnant. An illegitimate child was foreign to her mother’s sensibilities, but she was happy her daughter would remain in Hamburg.

Because of centuries of antiSemitism, most of the German-Jewish parents and their children had been baptized. They feared persecution if they did not distance themselves from the Jewish faith. Most members of “privileged” marriages belonged to the middle class, and they had tried to “make it” by assimilating into German culture. Beginning January 1, 1939 Hitler decreed that on all German-Jewish identification cards, which already bore the letter “J,” the name “Sara” would be added for women, and “Israel” for men.

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