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The Girl From Human Street

Nonfiction: Memoir / History / Holocaust
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/13/2015

The Girl From Human Street

Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622315475
Digital Download ISBN:9781622315482


An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author’s own family, that assays the impact of memory, displacement, and a pervasive sense of separateness.

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The award-winning New York Times columnist and former foreign correspondent turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family—most notably his mother’s—in order to understand more profoundly the nature of modern Jewish experience. Through his emotionally lucid prose, we relive the anomie of European Jews after the Holocaust, following them from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States, and Israel.

Cohen illuminates the uneasy resonance of the racism his family witnessed living in apartheid-era South Africa and the ambivalence felt by his Israeli cousin when tasked with policing the occupied West Bank. He explores the pervasive Jewish sense of “otherness” and finds it has been a significant factor in his family’s history of manic depression. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide and resilience, moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national) both tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life.

Author Bio

ROGER COHEN is a columnist for the New York Times, where he has worked since 1990: as a correspondent in Paris and Berlin, and as bureau chief in the Balkans covering the Bosnian war, for which he was cited for excellence by the Overseas Press Club. He was named foreign editor on 9/11, overseeing Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage in the aftermath of the attack. His previous books include Soldiers and Slaves and Hearts Grown Brutal. He lives in London.