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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, © Nora Krug

01.09.2020 - Article

The next event with the EU Book Club, organized by the Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany Vancouver in partnership with the European Union Cultural Institutes in Vancouver, will discuss the German novel “Belonging - A German Reckons With Home and History” by Nora Krug.

This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times), by award-winning artist Nora Krug investigates the hidden truths of her family’s wartime history in Nazi Germany.

The book has been awarded with the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

You can borrow the book at the Vancouver library which has several copies, or buy it at any book store.

Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its unspeakable atrocities and left her without a sense of cultural belonging. Yet Nora knew little about her own family’s involvement in the war: though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

In her late thirties, after twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to ask as a child and young adult. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy. Her quest, spanning continents and generations, pieces together her family’s troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her Generation.

When:                  Saturday, 26. September 2020 - 2pm to 4pm

Where:                The Book Club will be hosted online through Zoom, link will be provided by email after RSVP

Free | RSVP by e-mail at eubookclub@alliancefrancaise.ca

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