Divided Lives brings together the true life stories of women who woke up one day and were not who they thought they were. The government changed and they suddenly no longer had the right kind of blood, the right name, the right family background, the right physical features to be considered a member of their society or country. These stories are from German women who were children of a Jewish-Christian “mixed marriage” and were subsequently persecuted under the Nuremberg laws. Hitler called them “Mischling(e),” half-breeds. They have often been passed over in studies of the Holocaust perhaps because they are often not considered “real Jews.”
But these women are still struggling with the nightmares of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, the loss of family in concentration camps, and with their own identity, divided between their Jewish and Christian roots. Often their Jewish background was revealed to them only after Hitler’s laws were passed. Crane relays the story of her paternal family’s persecution under Hitler and escape from Nazi Germany, and then presents compelling and sensitively written narratives of eight women who remained in Germany, struggling to reclaim their German heritage and their cultural and religious identity. Crane collected, translated, and interpreted these universal stories of hope and survival that transcend time, and speak to us today.
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