"As the New York-born son of eastern European Jews who barely survived the Holocaust, Lev Raphael grew up in a world haunted by secrets and ghosts. Having spent years fleeing from his parents’ past, he decided to confront that past and, in the process, to come to grips with Germany, the country he blamed for the horrors visited on his parents and, indirectly, on himself. My Germany is part travelogue and part detective story, as Raphael sets out to trace what happened to his parents and their families during the war. Above all, it is a wholly enthralling, beautifully written story of healing and forgiveness, in which Raphael not only sheds his hatred and fear of Germany but comes to a deeper, richer understanding of his parents and Jewish heritage—and, above all, of himself."
Author of Troublesome Young Men
My Germany "is a moving, beautifully written account of a personal quest that is remarkable not just for its take on a rarely discussed subject, but for the writer's own (never mentioned) bravery as he attempts to retrace his parents' steps. In reconstructing this part of their lives, he constructs his own. It is impossible to read Raphael's story without feeling a sense of awe at what he was able to accomplish. And without feeling the inspiration to confront our own travails, using them to strengthen our own lives with the same kind of determination."
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
"Stunning and powerful... Lev Raphael’s memoir is a superb work combining intellectual rigor with emotional honesty."
—Alan L. Berger
Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University
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