Chesler may be an unreliable narrator, but for those of us who’ve lived through the era, her gossipy tales have an undeniable appeal.
After the Nazis invaded, in May 1940, and government restrictions on Jews tightened, her parents relinquished her care to a non-Jewish family.
“Fear has been resolved. Into acceptance, even attraction. The German has become a magician, who possesses the secret of order.”
Passengers on board the St. Louis fleeing Nazi Germany discover both cultural displacement and loss in Armando Correa’s “The German Girl.”
In the 1950s, the culture — in Hollywood and elsewhere — turned increasingly hostile toward women.
Both Rodgers and Hammerstein had wives named Dorothy, and both women were interior decorators.
“If you read Trump with an open mind, he is like Albert Camus.”
When Poles and Ukrainians battled, Jews tended to be scapegoated by both sides.
Petrowskaja lost a maternal great-grandmother and great-aunt to the infamous shootings at Babi Yar,
“Horn manages to enmesh us in Rachel’s psychic torments — of being buffeted by history without the hope of an ending.”